24/06/2021

Rather than disarming law-abiding citizens, Minister Cele should target gangsters, says DA

Police Minister, Bheki Cele File Pic: GCIS

Democratic Alliance (DA) urges Police Minister, Bheki Cele, to focus on disarming violent criminals, including police who sell guns to crooks in lieu of law-abiding citizens.

Firearms Control Amendment dealing with firearms control came to public attention late last month, sparking heated debate.

Furthermore, the legislation specifies applicants for firearms licenses should list a legitimate reason for applying for one, and civilians will not be granted licences for self-defence.

“A recent investigation under “Project Impi” exposed the extent of corruption among police officials in selling guns to criminals. Consequently, these weapons have been used for every conceivable kind of criminal activity, including gang violence, cash-in-transit robberies and others, explained Andrew Whitfield, DA Shadow Minister of Police.

Whitfield said through this draconian Firearms Control Bill, Cele is not only trying to fight corruption, but also taking away the last line of defence to help South Africans combat violent crimes.

He said South Africans face a two-front uphill battle in combating violent crime.

“Incompetence and corruption in the police are rampant, and there is little political will to address them; on the other hand, law-abiding citizens are losing their last line of defence against violent criminals,” added Whitfield.

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