Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
4 minute read
4 Aug 2021
6:40 am

‘Police incapable of protecting public,’ say critics of new gun laws

Marizka Coetzer

Two weeks ago, chairperson of the SA Gun Owners’ Association Damian Enslin wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa to plead for the draconian Firearms Control Amendment Bill of 2021 to be withdrawn.

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The demonstrable inability of the police to protect people during unrest has brought up the self-defence debate again after the closing of the window for public comment on the Firearms Amendment Bill of 2021 this week. Yesterday, Police Minister Bheki Cele said police were working hard to bring to book the instigators of the events that resulted in the deaths of 342 people in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during last month’s looting spree. Cele said the events in Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal claimed the lives of 36 people. Most were shot, while two burnt to death, one was stabbed and another was...