JOHANNESBURG - Western Cape Community Safety Minister Albert Fritz said on Wednesday that he welcomes the Gauteng High Court’s Ruling on Electronic Database for Firearms which ordered Police Minister Bheki Cele, and the National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole to "implement an electronic database for firearms".
“I welcome this ruling as it will help safeguard the province against the possession and distribution of illegal firearms," said Fritz.
"It is incredibly reassuring that the high court has ordered Minister Cele and Commissioner Sithole to establish electronic connectivity with all holders of a dealer’s license to the Central Dealers Database, linking the registers which are to be kept by dealers within a period of 48 months."
The court said the order issued on Monday to the police minister and the commissioner must be implemented within four months.
"They were further ordered to establish such electronic connectivity with all holders of manufacturers licenses, gunsmith licenses, and importers and exporters licenses to the relevant central database," said Fritz.