In a publication unrelated to Servamus, Pollex recently remarked as follows as far as Act 60 of 2000 is concerned:
“There are, so to speak, ‘six interpretations of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000. One in Cape Town (in the south of South Africa); one in Musina (in the north); one in Durban (in the east); one in Port Nolloth (in the west); one by SAPS Head Office (Central Firearms Registry); and then the real interpretation.”
More recently, the Pretoria High Court gave judgment in the matter of South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association v Minister of Safety and Security of the RSA, unreported, case number 21177/2016 dated 4 July 2017 (GP) - in which SA Hunters applied for an order to have sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act declared unconstitutional.
Certain remarks made by the court are of importance to readers of this column. According to paragraph  of the judgment, a draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill was published on 3 March 2015. This Bill (Afrikaans: “Wetsontwerp”) addresses the concerns of the SA Hunters as well as the constitutional challenges. However, despite an indication by the then Minister of Police that the Bill would be introduced in Parliament by September 2016, it did not happen.
In para  the court further remarks that “due to the failure to introduce the Bill, and the chaos and uncertainty that reigns pertaining to various aspects related to firearm administration, this application [by SA Hunters] was brought. It is rather unfortunate that the Court is forced to entertain a matter, which could have been resolved by introducing the proposed Bill and the legislature dealing with it according to its processes”.
(Words in square brackets inserted by Pollex.)
Further, in para , the court goes on to say that “the papers [in this matter] attest to a narrative of a chaotic and dysfunctional system of licencing and administration of firearms. It would seem that despite various meetings, workshops and summits, since at least 2010, very little was achieved to ensure a properly functioning system. This sorry state of affairs was acknowledged by the then Minister of Police, who during March 2015 admitted that the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) was ‘dysfunctional and in constant decay’”.