ANC should focus on taking care of its own firearms - AfriForum

Organisation notes that just yesterday two R5 rifles were confiscated next to the N1 in Gauteng

"Firearms do not kill people. People kill people," says AfriForum

AfriForum today said the consideration by Government to amend the Firearms Control Act again, will expose law-abiding citizens even more to crime, and that this decision is based on an emotional, irresponsible reaction. 

"The ANC Government reacts on emotion, following the murder of our Bafana Bafana Captain, Senzo Meyiwa in Vosloorus the past week. Firearms however do not kill people, people kill people," Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety at AfriForum, said.

Cameron said Government should realise that amendments to laws will not bring crime under control, but that the execution of current laws and the prosecution of criminals should be more effective.

The South African Police Service earlier this month confirmed to AfriForum, following a PAIA application, that about 2 300 government registered firearms have been reported as stolen or missing since 1 January 2009. 

"Two R5 rifles were confiscated next to the N1 in Gauteng yesterday. These are police firearms which are used by robbers. The police and Government have to ensure that their house is in order before law-abiding citizens are adversely affected," Cameron added.

"Government should be more responsible with their statements and should first execute current laws to their disposal efficiently. About one third of SAPS officers are not competent to handle firearms. This should rather be corrected to get the police up to standard."

Statement issued by Ian Cameron, Head: Community Safety, AfriForum, October 31 2014

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