Why this case?

Sakeliga joined as amicus curiae in a court case between Fidelity and the Police. The Police interpret the Firearms Control Act in such a way that those who voluntarily hand in weapons to the police due to previous failure to renew the licenses in time, may not bring new license applications in respect of those weapons and therefore forfeit their property.

Sakeliga argued in its amicus application that this interpretation of the law is economically unsustainable, and that it has detrimental implications for property rights of gun owners.

Case details

Minister of Police and Others v Fidelity Security Services (Pty) Ltd (CC)

Sakeliga’s role: Amicus curiae (friend of the court)

Status: Finalised, on 27 May 2022

Sakeliga’s involvement commenced: 18 October 2021

Court: Constitutional Court



27 May 2022
The Constitutional Court delivers judgment in Fidelity’s favour. Sakeliga’s amicus-submissions seem to have played a consequential role in the outcome.

9 November 2021

Sakeliga files written submissions at the Constitutional Court.

2 November 2021

The Acting Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court issues a directive ordering Sakeliga to deliver written submissions by 9 November 2021 as to why Sakeliga should be admitted as amicus curiae and the merits that Sakeliga wants to put before the court.

20 October 2021


Sakeliga submits its application to the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court for admission as amicus curiae.


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