Portfolio Committee Hammers SAPS, Police Minister

07 July 2017
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A series of penetrating questions were asked by MPs during yesterday’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee sitting in which the SAPS proposed firearm amnesty, which did not have the required approval of Parliament, was unceremoniously thrown out.

Apart from being a highly embarrassing oversight on the part of the senior police officials involved, it also demonstrated an unhealthy contempt for due process and the authority of Parliament.

MPs were clearly not impressed by the proposals, and representatives from the ANC, DA, and FF+ sitting on the committee fired off numerous inquiries at the Minister of Police and SAPS officials:

Would a criminal really supply his name, address, and telephone and ID numbers on paper when they hand in the weapons they illegally possess and committed serious crimes with? Especially if the surrendered weapon will be subjected to ballistic testing. Isn’t this missing the entire point of the amnesty?

Will the criminals who stole 30 firearms from the SAPS this week hand these same weapons in on 1 April 2017? It was a rhetorical question asked and answered by stating that the reason why the weapons were stolen from SAPS in the first place, was for criminal intentions.

In reply to a direct question it was admitted that not one illegally owned firearm was handed in by a criminal during previous amnesties.

In reply to a direct question it was admitted that not one of the weapons handed in was linked to a crime.

It was agreed that the previous removal of weapons through amnesty did not reduce crime. In fact, crime noticeably increased after the conclusion of the previous amnesty.

It was stated twice that it appears the government is hell-bent on removing only the firearms possessed by legal registered owners whose licenses have expired. If this is indeed the case, then the government must admit to this openly.

The Minster of Police asked why people feel safe if they own a weapon. When asked in turn why he makes use of armed bodyguards, the Honourable Minster said that he will answer the question. Which the Honourable Minster never did during the remainder of the proceedings. I suppose that there is no answer seeing as even GFSA uses armed bodyguards for their own protection.

What is painfully obvious is that this entire proposal was poorly thought-through, rash, and harboured the hidden agenda of confiscating the firearms of expired licence holders through intimidation and threats of arrest before the court cases dealing with the matter can be concluded. It is heartening to see that the Parliament of the Republic has the integrity to protect the rights of the nation’s citizens from this type of abuse of authority.

Before any amnesty is proposed, the consequences of previous ones must be taken into account and the price paid by citizens for the bungling during and subsequent to the process must not be forgotten.

This is something that was clearly not done.

 

Article courtesy: www.gunservant.com

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  • antonio antonio Friday, 07 July 2017

    mmmmm ...400,000 fire arms to be "managed" and transported by lame police offices or rather people ...The criminal has already formed various syndicates and pulled in some traitor of a policeman to pay him R0000000000 to steal and ship the weapons out of the country . These criminals have done their home work while the police sleep all day long . Its a disaster ... that a judge cant see the issue here and the safety .... perhaps he is also under the anc's pathetic vile rules !!!!!!

  • Henri Louw Henri Louw Friday, 07 July 2017

    What i don't understand is that a JUDGE- a supposedly learned man could not see the unfairness of this whole gun owners debakel. How can I now be a criminal for not renewing my firearm license on time?

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