Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
21 Apr 2021
3:31 pm

Gun violence rages on while firearm permit system is shut down

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Firearms are in abundant supply and so are the drugs that fuel the underworld economy.

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  A mother of five weeps silently, unable to finish the sentence, "My children were shot while they were sleeping." Mymoenah Henson, 49, was woken up one evening in 2019 by her sister, shouting: "They are busy shooting our children in the house." Two assailants had entered their house in Westbury, Johannesburg, threatened Henson’s sister at gunpoint and made her wait in the passage while they shot her then 23-year-old son in the chest and his 24-year-old brother in the back. “When I got to the hospital he was on pipes and a heart machine. He was lying in hospital...