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Illegal guns reduced to scrap

Over 15 000 illegal firearms were destroyed in Saldhana, on the West Coast on Friday. More than 100 000...

Firearms confiscated by police are displayed during the launch of a four-month gun amnesty. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

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More than 100 000 weapons have been reduced to scrap metal nationwide since early January.

Many of the guns were handed over to police under the national firearm amnesty.

General Bheki Cele, as he prefers to be called these days, then demonstrated his knowledge of guns.

After cocking several handguns, he tossed them back into their crates, saying “burn them all”.

He used the opportunity to defend the police’s controversial “shoot to kill” statements.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was somewhat more diplomatic, saying with every weapon destroyed, <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> became safer.

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