Code of Discipline



1.    The primary goal of the code is to present a set of guidelines to imprint the serious importance of legal use of firearms and firearm safety on members, so as to protect co-shooters, co-hunters, members of the public, and domesticated animals against injury or harm caused by the purposeful or negligent use of firearms – this aspect is primary and takes precedence over all other aspects of the Code.  

2.    The Code presents guidelines for appropriate compliance with the law in terms of stipulations of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000 as amended), relevant nature conservation regulations and local ordinances that might have relevance on the participation in the Hunt and in the sport shooting by members of the NHSA. 

3.    The disciplinary code must be read with all sets of regulations and codes of the NHSA as they may be set from time to time, and which are all meant to be guidelines for conduct in the field and on the range (thus a system of shared values).  They are not meant to be sets of technical regulations for which ways to escape implementation should be sought.  

4.    The implementation and enforcement of the code of discipline in the NHSA will be done in the context of legal use, then of firearm safety, and then good sportsmanship, good comradeship, and within the principles of respect for life and respect for fellow hunters and sport shooters.

5.    The body for discipline in the NHSA is the Executive Council (the NHSA legal advisor(s) will not be part of this body as s/he / they is/are the instance of Appeals).



(Action: immediate expulsion from the NHSA– without warning.  No pro-rata refund of membership fees with immediate notification to SAPS (Flash) & (CFR) of the action taken against the member)


(Action: compulsory temporary suspension for 6 months with single final warning)


(Action: warning – discretionary action in accordance with the nature and intensity of circumstances)


6.    All disciplinary actions must comply with all elements of the natural rights of the individual and of fairness in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. 

7.    Under no circumstances will the identity of the person(s) who lay charges be made known to the implied member(s); with the understanding that the Executive Council must be very certain of the reasons why they would take disciplinary action against a member as any action of this nature has a direct bearing on the accused's legal ownership of firearms

8.    All disciplinary actions against members of the NHSA are conducted in camera and are confidential

9.    There are two procedures regarding disciplinary action that can be taken:

9.1    First an immediate process (usually leading to immediate expulsion) - related to Categry 1 Trangressions

9.1.1  Any action related to proven transgression of any law or regulation related to firearms or to nature conservation;

9.1.2  Gross misconduct which can irrefutably be proven and which action brings the good name of the association into disrepute,

9.1.3  Proven falsification of statements made to the association, or falsification of any of the association’s documentation, or fraud concerning any activity conducted in name of the association or in respect of actions that have to be taken to obtain and maintain membership, or to obtain and maintain dedicated status issued by the NHSA.

9.1.4  In all the above instances SAPS (Flash) and SAPS (CFR) will immediately be informed of the action taken and in the worst case scenarios NHSA will bring charges of fraud against such individual(s)).  

9.1.5  Appeal may be directed at the NHSA Legal Representative(s), whose finding in the matter is final (for as far as it concerns procedures taken by NHSA against the proven to be guilty member).  Appeal on failed Appeals can be directed to the courts.

9.2    Secondly a longer process related to misconduct or transgression of the codes of the association, which can be proven but does not constitute any of the transgressions mentioned in 4(a).


9.2.1   During the sitting of the Executive Council (discipline) the implied member must be given ample opportunity to state his/her case as to why s/he should not be found guilty or have time to supply proof why s/he is not guilty of the accusation

9.2.2   An implied member may only be represented by his/her lawyer or a member of the NHSA during sittings of the Executive Council (discipline), and no legal representation of any nature will be allowed

9.2.3   Only members of the Executive Council, the implied member(s) and his/her representative, as well as members called as witnesses, may be present during sittings of the Executive Council (discipline). 

9.2.4   All disciplinary actions implemented against members must be implemented as consensus decisions of the Executive Council.

9.2.5   In instances where the Executive Council cannot reach consensus on a decision the implied member(s) will be declared not guilty, and the case will be considered as concluded, with no further action that can be taken against the implied member(s) in respect of the same allegation(s) again.

9.2.6   A decision of the Executive Council, with motivated charge and reasons for the decision reached, is presented in written form to the implied member(s).

9.2.7   The Implied member(s) have the right to appeal which will be taken under consideration by the NHSA legal advisor(s), the decision of this person(s) is/are final and binding on all parties. 

10.     Implied members who are challenged to appear before the Executive Council in terms of transgression as described above, must be informed of the date, place and time of such hearing 21 days before the hearing takes place, and must also be furnished with a full written reason for being challenged to appear before Exco.

11.     All of the above described processes may also be handled in written documentation due to the reality of distances which implied members might have to travel in defence of themselves, or by video link over the internet.

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