14 August 2014

Both the Minister of Police and the ANC have recently asked for increased measures to stem
the tide of inexplicable and unnecessary violence against children. It is unfortunate, though, that
both referred to increased gun control. SAGA fully supports both the Minister and the ANC in
their calls for effective and efficient law enforcement to ensure that those who committed such
atrocities be brought to book. Upon conviction suitable sentences should be imposed that will
serve to properly punish the culprits and serve as a deterrent to other criminals and potential
criminals. The National Prosecuting Authority will also show its mettle if such prosecutions are
expedited, obviously without infringing the constitutional rights of the accused.
The Firearms Control Act contains sufficient provisions, coupled with very severe sentences, to
address all aspects relating to illegally possessed firearms and other firearm-related matters. In
addition, the Act provides for very stringent measures to ensure that only those who are
competent to possess firearms and can prove the need for wanting to possess firearms, are
issued with licenses. If this licensing system is not effective or does not work, fault must surely
not be sought with the law. If administration of the law, at whichever level, is found wanting, that
needs to be addressed.
SAGA accordingly calls for effective proactive measures in law enforcement, such as regular
patrols in identified areas (and elsewhere when resources would allow it); profiling and
identifying criminals and ensuring that they do not commit their atrocities; ensuring that parents
and schools are constantly reminded of their social responsibility to care for our children; and in
partnership with parents, the education authorities, churches and other non-governmental
organizations, educating children to be “street-wise”.
The Minister and the Commissioner of Police must also take full responsibility for the police’s
failure to effectively administer the Firearms Control Act. It is unfortunate that the police often
seek to target lawful firearm owners whose particulars are all readily available on their system in
the hope of finding some or other technical contravention, rather than preventing and combating
the proliferation of illegally possessed firearms in criminal hands. Although SAGA welcomes the
steps taken by SAPS to root out corruption at all levels, South Africa will not be satisfied unless
it is assured that those who deal with sensitive information have security clearances and that all
those investigations against police officials who allegedly committed corruption, fraud and other
crimes of dishonesty are expedited and offenders prosecuted.
SAGA mourns the death and injury of all children at the hands of criminals and our condolences
and best wishes go to the affected parents and families. Only by ensuring a safe environment
for our children and by all taking responsibility for their safety, shall we ensure their right to enjoy
life, to be safe and to look forward to a bright future.
Issued by the South African Gunowners' Association (SAGA)


The South African Gunowners' Association (SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting and self-defence.
SAGA is the watchdog that endeavours to safeguard the rights of the South African public by engaging government in discussion regarding firearm related issues and to provide technical assistance and expertise where needed. This is achieved by collecting and disseminating information regarding all aspects of the legitimate use of firearms. This is to enable responsible, non-discriminatory and enforceable legislation that would benefit all South Africans, irrespective of race, colour or creed.


World Forum on Shooting Activities  (WFSA)

The World Forum on Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) is an ECOSOC NGO at United Nations representing over 100 million hunters and sport shooters.  We also represent most of the major civilian firearms and ammunition manufacturers. SAGA is a paid up voting member and is represented on the EXCO.


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