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News: What the Supreme Court of Appeals judgment means for gun owners.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in July overruled an interdict preventing police from demanding that all gun owners, whose licences expired, surrender their firearms to the state.

This means that 436 366 gun owners, whose licences expired, have been stripped from the protection they had from being pursued by the SA Police Service, News24 reported.

There are 1.7 million licensed firearm owners, who have firearms for self-defence and their licences have not expired.

Gun Owners of SA (GOSA) told news24 “the judgment – while scathing – is not the end of the road”, but did not indicate how it plans to challenge the ruling.

“Our legal team will report soon with an analysis of the judgment and our proposed route forward for expired licence holders,” GOSA said in a statement.

What does the ruling by the SCA mean for gun owners?

Nortje said the order effectively means that a firearm licence comes to an end on the last day of its validity in terms of the Firearms Act.

A new firearms amnesty is on the cards for the period between 1 August and 31 January 2021. Gun owners should [therefore] be encouraged by GOSA to hand in any unlicensed firearms,” Nortje said.

Nortje said although the right to defend yourself, others and your property is important, one must remember that gun ownership is not a fundamental human right under our Constitution, but should rather be viewed as a privilege in accordance with the Firearms Act.

“It is therefore important for gun owners to be in possession of a valid firearms licence.”

It is understandable that many gun owners, who possess illegal firearms, are hesitant to return their firearms and feel that they might be a victim of future crime, he said.

“However, it is recommended that they return their unlicensed firearms to SAPS.

“It is also important for SAPS to win back the trust of the society, establish a dedicated programme dealing with the return of unlicensed firearms and properly serve and protect its people.”

Maphosa said the ruling means that gun owners whose licences expired will be required to surrender their firearms and the SAPS has the statutory authority to demand this.

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Motorist: Great news! Expired licences from March 26 valid till January 2021

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has gazetted an amendment to the lockdown regulations to allow road users until next year to renew their expired licences.

The gazette, released on Wednesday, states that licence cards expiring as of March 26 will be valid until January 2021.

“All learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire during the period that commenced from March 26 up to and including August 31 are deemed to be valid and their validity period is extended for a further grace period ending on January 31 2021,” it states.

The grace period is also extended for all motor vehicle licence discs, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that expired from March 26 up to and including May 31. They will be considered as valid until August 31 this year.

The gazette further stipulates that motor trade number licences that expired during the period from March 26 and up to May 31 also have their validity extended for a further grace period ending on November 30.

Motorists: Grace period extended for expired licences.

The Department of Transport has extend the validity period of licences that expired during the lockdown, to the end of November, Business Tech reported.

The department said in a statement on Thursday that the validity period for all public transport operating licences and accreditation certificates for tourist services that expired during the lockdown period will be deemed valid for a further period of 90 days.

“This is to enable the Provincial Regulatory Entities (PREs) and the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) sufficient time to deal with the backlog and allow affected operators to renew their operating licenses and accreditation certificate for tourist services,” it said.

The three month extension period has been welcomed by the Automobile Association (AA), who noted that the extension applies to all Learner’s Licences, driver’s licences, motor vehicle licence discs, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits (PrDPs).

The AA launched a petition last week calling for the validity period to be extended beyond 31 August to the end of January 2021 to give motorists enough time to renew their documents, and to provide some space to Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) to deal with backlogs, and prepare for new submissions.

The AA said that the Transport Department director-general, Alec Moemi, acknowledged the challenges at DLTCs. These include working with reduced staff and being intermittently shut down due to Covid-19.

“The extension to the end of November is a great start, and we certainly welcome this move by the Department of Transport. It’s the correct decision, and indicates that the department is aware of the problems motorists are facing.”

 

 

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