Citizens must defend themselves

2015-12-09 06:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is concerned about violent crime, which is out of control in our beloved country.

He wants only the government forces to be armed and not those who have employed him - citizens.

One of the fallacies we need to deal with is that the police alone cannot stop the invasion of our homes by criminals.

The truth is that police officers cannot be everywhere all the time.

They also cannot always arrest someone “who looks suspicious”, but who has not committed a crime.

So, most of the time the police will clean up the mess after a crime has taken place. The bottom line is that if unknown, unauthorised people gain access to your home, you are probably going to be on your own without a police officer or security guard on hand. Criminals don’t attack if they think they’re going to be arrested.

What would be helpful is if our members of Parliament would pass a defence of habitation law. At the end of the day we need to be prepared to defend ourselves. Zuma, a firearm in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

CHARL VAN WYK

Durbanville

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