Police committee wants more action on illegal firearms

Members of Parliament want to hear from Hawks officials about their progress in establishing a special unit to deal with illegal guns

FILE: Guns seized by police. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee has called on the South African Police Services to do more to crack down on the circulation of illegal firearms.

The committee says too often, stolen guns are used in armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists.

For this reason, Members of Parliament want to hear from Hawks officials about their progress in establishing a special unit to deal with illegal guns.

Committee chairperson, Francois Beukman said: “And we believe it’s quite important that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation should come to the committee and explain the progress that is being made with the establishment of the unit responsible for the fight against illegal firearms.”