ANC wants stricter gun control after string of child murders

2014-08-11 13:26

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The African National Congress has condemned the recent spate of child murders.

“This growing and inexplicable phenomenon, which targets the helpless and innocent, has no justification and place in our society,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said today.

“Let us identify and isolate the culprits who perpetuate such acts and report them to law enforcement agencies for successful prosecution.”

However, the ANC discouraged people from taking the law into their own hands.

Earlier this month, a three-year-old boy died after being caught in the crossfire during a shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg.

Luke Tibbetts had been on life support machines in hospital since the shooting on August 2. He died six days later.

Lindray Khakhu was arrested for allegedly shooting Tibbetts. Keenan Mokwena, who was shot and wounded in the incident, was arrested on Wednesday.

Both would appear in the Newlands Magistrates’ Court in Sophiatown on August 12.

Last month, four-year-old Taegrin Morris died after being dragged for a long distance behind a hijacked car in Reiger Park, Boksburg. The boy was travelling in a Citi Golf with his mother, father and sister when the family was hijacked by three men.

He was dragged along, hanging outside the car door by his safety belt.

The ANC said special attention needed to be given to such crimes and there needed to be speedy prosecution.

“We also call on government to strengthen gun control measures because illegal guns are increasingly used for a variety of crimes and lawlessness,” said Kodwa.

“We believe that strong control of gun ownership will go a long way in ensuring that such crimes are curbed.”

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