2011-04-19: Firearms row goes to the high court

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2011-04-19: Firearms row goes to the high court

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2011-04-20 13:06

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Firearms row goes to the high court

The private security industry has obtained an urgent order in the North Gauteng High Court compelling the chaotic Central Firearms Registry (CFR) to turn itself around and deal with the more than one million outstanding competency certificate applications.

19 April 2011 | ILSE DE LANGE

JOHANNESBURG - The private security industry has obtained an urgent order in the North Gauteng High Court compelling the chaotic Central Firearms Registry (CFR) to turn itself around and deal with the more than one million outstanding competency certificate applications.

Judge Willem van der Merwe granted an order declaring that the CFR’s failure to comply with the Firearms Control Act fell short of the minimum standards required by the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act. The court also said all people who applied for competency certificates were entitled to have their certificates issued and their applications processed in four months.

The CFR was directed to process the security officers’ pending applications for competency certificates within 30 days or to give reasons why they did not meet the requirements of the Firearms Control Act.

The court order follows an urgent application by private security industry watchdog, the SA Intruder Detection Services Association, 31 private security companies and more than 1 400 private security officers.

The security companies and their officers have been severely prejudiced by delays of up to five years to process their applications for competency certificates.

The applicants’ advocate, Mervyn Rip, said in written heads of argument it was common cause that the CFR and police had not been doing their jobs and had not issued competency certificates.

He said it was known that the CFR had been characterised by incompetence, maladministration and corruption.
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