Is Gun Free South Africa an attainable goal?
South African crime rate has gone to the stage where I would personally say is uncontrollable. What went wrong? There are so many factors that contribute to this. Others are of the view that we employed a qualified social worker to command the police instead of Bheki Cele who has have applied shoot to kill rule.
While Bheki Cele was in office the national crime have decreased from 2196948-2168259 and Phiyega took over and the stats shows that the crime rate have gone up to 2255751. The numbers have said it all. This means changes in police management had an impact in crime stats. Not forgetting that there were also complains that Bheki Cele made police to be trigger happy. Nevertheless this is not the only contributing factor.
Most people and organization they say the problem is the number of guns in circulation to the country in such a way that they call for gun free South Africa. Last week in Cape Town a police officer was stabbed to death with a knife while having a gun. Then a number of police officer were reported to be short and killed in the last past two weeks including this week. Their souls may rest in peace. This makes me worried because these are people that are trained and are paid to protect us, how are they going to do that if they can`t protect themselves? Last year I wrote an article about crime rate whereby I was looking onto their competence you can view it on http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Amending-the-Act-wont-reduce-crime-20141104. I am not going dig details about that. But ask yourself are these people competent enough to protect us.
When ANC President Mr Zuma visited the family of the deceased police officer said, the question that South Africans should ask themselves is should we have a gun free South Africa or should we keep guns and die? Coming to gun free South Africa, how is that going to be possible. Does this actually means people should return their fire arms? As I explained in the above article only licensed guns will be returned. So if you want to have a gun free South Africa that is not possible because unlicensed guns are circulating and some still entering the country. How do dry the river if you did not stop the water flows from coming or at least redirect them. Unlicensed firearms are more than licensed gun. Check your stats most of crimes committed in South Africa are not committed with licensed guns but with unlicensed gun. Example Lucky Dube was said to be shot with a gun that was not South African registered and you know that you as freedom fighters had a way to bring guns from other countries to South Africa. If you did that do you think others can`t do it. Let`s say we agree that we want gun free South Africa and hand over the guns do you think criminals are going to surrender their unlicensed guns? Why don`t Mr. Zuma just say, South Africans need to decide and deliberate on whether should we have licensed gun free South Africa so that criminals will kill us defenseless or have guns then die try to protect ourselves?
Any way I agree with the statement that says guns don`t just kill people but people kill each other. The question that needs to be discussed at this stage is what causes the high crime rate, then once that question is answered that’s when you discuss the measures to prevent that. This is caused by many factors that all need to be addressed equally. You can`t just say is because there are many guns in circulation. Even if there will be no guns knives will be used to do crime if there are no knives stones or sticks or will be used or hands who said people can`t kill without all these.
When ANC government of old people is going to learn that before any problem could be solved it needs to be clearly defined?
By Sivuyile Thanklord Crisboy Ncuthushe