The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has given the green light for the firearms amnesty announced by the Department of Police a few months ago.
At a plenary sitting yesterday, the select committee on security and justice recommended to the NCOP that the draft notice on declaration of firearms amnesty be approved.
The amnesty, mooted while former minister Nathi Nhleko headed the department, aims to reduce illegally possessed firearms and grant amnesty to people surrendering their weapons.
It is hoped that the initiative will help reduce the incidents of crime.
Briefing the NCOP plenary sitting yesterday, committee chairperson Dumisani Ximbi said Nhleko had declared an amnesty from April this year until September 30, but the notice was only tabled in Parliament in March.