South Africa’s Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has the potential to be a powerful crime-fighting tool: If effectively managed – in line with SA’s legal and political obligations – it would help stop legal guns leaking into criminal hands.
However, SAPS sees the CFR as an administrative function, and has repeatedly squandered opportunities to address historic, systemic and persistent dysfunction.
Should the CFR be taken away from the police? Briefing 2 looks at the experience of other countries to explore the feasibility of outsourcing the CFR.
Click here to download Briefing 2 of 2023