The slow rate of destroying illegal firearms in the province will be high on the agenda in the provincial legislature, on Tuesday.

The Western Cape’s Police Management will appear before the Standing Committee on Police Oversight and Community Safety.

Provincial leaders have been concerned about delays in destroying firearms and the fact that these aren’t demolished in the province.

Currently, all firearms seized here are sent to Gauteng twice a year to be destroyed.

The police top brass is also expected to give an update about the process to find a suitable destruction site here in Cape Town.

The DA’s Gillion Bosman says the process must start now.

“SAPS has also stated that a decentralised process would be less risky and more cost-effective. This admission indicates that SAPS themselves is a stumbling block to the reforms we need to take illegal firearms off our streets and out of our communities. It’s time for decentralisation of such mandates to be taken seriously.”