AfriForum wins court order against Phiyega

2013-11-08 18:17

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Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has granted AfriForum an urgent order against national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and the SA Professional Firearms Trainers Council (SAPFTC).

The civil right organisation's community safety head Ian Cameron said on Friday the court case came after the police compelled all service providers to apply for accreditation with the SAPFTC before 1 November.

"The latter is managed by competitors in the industry, and members of the board of SAPFTC are service providers themselves. This means they are now able to regulate their competitors," he said.

"This is a huge victory for AfriForum and service providers in the firearm training industry, and the order also ensures the validity of the current accreditation of service providers."

He said AfriForum believed that the SAPFTC has created a monopoly whereby it would have been able to control, manipulate and inhibit the operations of its competitors in the industry.

He said SAPFTC would also have been able to obtain confidential information about its competitors.

"The sustainability and viability of other service providers would have been endangered by such a measure."

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