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Non-Lethal Defence Systems (NLDS) is a partnership between NLDS as South African distributor, Area Re-seller servicing and training agents and retail outlets. As distributor for Pepperball systems in South Africa we take extraordinary steps to help users become familiar with the our products and how to use them to the fullest advantage. We hope that through the training and information we provide that those users who are also owners of firearms will come to a better understanding of the consequences related to the use of lethal force, not only for the suspect but also for the person applying such force and will therefore become less prone to making incorrect decisions when confronted by a rapidly changing hazardous and potentially lethal situation.

By providing citizens with alternatives to lethal weapons, and training them to apply a minimum force ethos the following objectives can be obtained.

Reduce deaths and injuries.

More non-lethal systems in operation means fewer lethal weapons in circulation which will reduce the number of inappropriate and accidental discharges.

Reduce the number of trespassing incidents.

Trespassing is in many cases a precursor crime in the escalation to more serious crimes such as theft from motor vehicles, breaking and entering, robbery, assault, rape and murder. Criminals are aware of the constraints firearms owners operate under and are aware that even if an alarm is activated they can be well clear before law enforcement services arrive on the scene. The further away from the scene of the crime the harder it becomes to prosecute a suspect as evidence is often dumped for later collection. When home owners begin pro-actively engaging and successfully repelling or incapacitating suspects on site criminals will be faced with an immediate offensive response that aside from being physically uncomfortable will exponentially increase their chances of being successfully prosecuted and incarcerated. If a suspect is successfully apprehended and prosecuted for a relatively minor crime it will serve two purposes.

One. Reduce the number of more serious crimes as the escalation process has been interrupted.

Two. Send a clear signal that criminal activity at any level is a lot less rewarding and riskier than it used to be.

Help ease the burden on the legal system.


On site arrests increase the probability of quick successful prosecutions.

By reducing the number of cases filed against citizens and law enforcement personnel by suspects who claim that excessive force was used against them.

The latest development in Non-Lethal Defence Systems line of paintball derived security products is the Pepperball System. This is a less-lethal system designed to fill the gap between existing means of minimum force arrest, which usually places the user at risk, and lethal force such as firearms.

Pepperballs are frangible plastic balls filled with Oleoresin Capsicum pepper powder which when fired from a Pepperball Launcher at a suspect will burst on impact releasing the powder which is a very powerful respiratory and eye blinding irritant. A Pepper ball system user can target a suspect up to 10 meters distant thus ensuring compliance by the suspect without getting close enough to incur potential injury.

The moral and legal issues surrounding the use of real firearms by the average under-trained citizen can have tremendous psychological and financial repercussions for him. Pepperball systems give citizens a pro-active first line of defence that can be deployed whilst waiting on armed response or SAPS personnel to respond.

NLDS sees the Pepperball System as a solution that caters for law abiding citizens rights to defend themselves and their property whilst being reasonably sure that they are not infringing a suspects rights.