Relaunching the Reward System to Combat Gun Violence in Western Cape

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Gun violence remains a significant issue in the Western Cape province of South Africa, with many homicides caused by firearms. In response to this growing problem, the Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen, has initiated the relaunch of a reward system to encourage the public to report illegal firearms’ whereabouts.

Encouraging Public Participation

Allen hopes the reward system will incentivize residents to help get firearms off the streets and make the province safer. The plan was first introduced by Premier Alan Winde in 2019 and sought to reduce the number of illegal guns in circulation by encouraging residents to report their location anonymously.

Upon reporting an illegal firearm, SAPS will collect it and verify it as an illegal firearm. The person writing the gun will receive a reward of R 1 500.00, and if an arrest is made directly linked to the weapon, a further R 1 500.00 will be paid. If a conviction is tied to the firearm, the balance of R 2 000.00 will be delivered to the person who made the report.

Targeting High-Risk Areas

The initiative is being implemented in Delft, which ranks third on the top 30 murder station list nationwide and second in the province behind Mfuleni. The placement of posters in police stations across the region and SAPS members sharing the news with communities will increase awareness and encourage a large number of reports.

Addressing Gun Violence in Western Cape

Gun violence is a significant concern for residents and law enforcement agencies in the Western Cape. During the first ten weeks of 2023, shootings accounted for 44% of homicides, the highest cause of murders in the province. Firearms were also used to commit 47.8% of all murders during the third quarter of the 2022/23 financial year, which was the highest.

Public’s Role in Making Communities Safer

Through the reward system, the public can play an active role in making their communities safer. It allows residents to report illegal firearms without fear of retribution and to receive a reward for their efforts. The initiative’s success will depend on the public’s willingness to report the whereabouts of illegal firearms and SAPS’s commitment to taking swift action upon receiving reports.


The relaunch of the reward system to combat the growing issue of gun violence in the Western Cape is an essential step toward reducing firearm-related crimes. However, the initiative’s success will depend on the public’s participation and SAPS’s swift response to reports. Through this initiative, we hope to see a significant reduction in gun violence and positive change in the province.

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