Police warned on Friday that firearm owners should rather make use of the last three days of the amnesty period to avoid being caught in their possession with illegal firearms.
The amnesty period ends on Sunday.
Gauteng police spokesperson Brenda Muridili says it is not yet clear if and when a new amnesty period will be announced.
“According to the police, it is safer for the owners to make sure that they hand in their weapons so that they do not violate the law.”
Police Minister Bheki Cele earlier wrote to Parliament asking for the amnesty period to be extended.
This process is time-consuming, according to Muridili.
“It can take months and then the decision must first be published in the Government Gazette .”
She says police offices that may receive firearms will be open until Sunday to help late comers.
Cele, meanwhile, confirmed that applications from firearms owners for whom the 90-day grace period to renew their licenses expired during the restriction period will be accepted without prejudice to the applicant.
On April 7, the police also issued another order that the licensing of firearms may now be resumed.
Therefore, police stations must once again accept renewal applications for firearm licenses and competency certificates.