Confiscate firearms in KZN - ANC

2013-03-10 19:59

Johannesburg - Police should raid and confiscate firearms that fan ongoing violence in Umsinga and surrounding areas, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday.

"The ANC has noted with concern that in most attacks in these areas, high calibre firearms such as AK-47s are used," the party said in a statement.

"We strongly believe that these areas have dangerous weapons that have to be confiscated by the police."

The organisation was reacting to the murder of five brothers and a relative who were shot dead in their rondavels in Muden near Greytown on Saturday.

The family was asleep in separate rondavels when they were attacked around 03:00 by five armed men with AK47 rifles and handguns.

Three boys aged three, four and 17 survived the attack. They were being treated in hospital.

The ANC branch treasurer in Umsinga was killed earlier in his home by a group of unidentified people, the party said.

"It is worth noting that the alleged gunman in the murder of the ANC North West regional secretary, Obuti Chika, recently led the police to Umsinga, where the suspected murder weapon was found."

  • Joe Irwin - 2013-03-10 20:10

    The same action in townships countrywide would be a better bet.

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-10 21:04

      To confiscate something you have to know where it is.... Maybe the ANC can help out here..

      Tums Down - 2013-03-11 09:29

      They should start in Ventersdorp. More guns per person there than in any township...

      Michael - 2013-03-11 10:45

      Shootings Tums, not guns. What a completely willfully daft statement. Really.

      Crimefreeza - 2013-03-23 11:39

      The ANC's vision of a gun free South Africa. He who controls the guns... It is quite obvious the guns do not cause the discontent or it should be to any thinking person. Confiscation is the same as shut up and obey.

  • Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-10 20:13

    During apartheid and the politcal wars with the IFP, the ANC had hidden weapons throughout the province. Upto this day many of these have not been destroyed and they are finding there way into the hands of criminals who commit these type of horrific killings. Even weapons in evidence rooms of police/SANDF facilities mysteriously disappear. If the ANC wants to get rid of these weapons they need to investigate themselves.

  • SharonE - 2013-03-10 20:13

    Where do these guns come from? Gun owners are blamed because their guns are taken in robberies, but they can't all have licenced AKs in their homes! Also, when these guns are indeed confiscated, can they please check if they have per chance already been in the police evidence locker? Also, why only focus on KZN - surely gun violence is not isolated to one incident - it is a national problem..

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-10 20:19

      You ask for too much. An AK can now be bought on the streets for as little as R300. As for checking lockers, that's the least of their problems. These weapons are turned over and over within days. State forensics labs have a 7 year backlog. Not going to catch anyone soon.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-10 20:22


  • ancbasher - 2013-03-10 20:25

    That's rich! While the ANC was fighting the NP government, arms caches were the order of the day. Now, all of a sudden, it is a problem. Chickens coming home to roost, ANC?

      Mxolisi Vumazonke - 2013-03-11 09:06

      sometime these arms maybe used to hurt or kill you, then i will say chicken comming home to roost, ancbasher

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:15

      Oh look another ANC troll.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-10 20:27

    Anyone in possesion of a gat that don't have a legit licence must b locked up!! 2many bandito's on the street??

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-03-11 00:17

      Ramon maybe that is the problem. Too much valuable man power is spend on dagga prohibition and gun control. If they spent less time harrasing law abiding gun owners and dagga users they would have the time to confiscate guns from criminals.

  • jacowium - 2013-03-10 21:26

    The ANC: "We strongly believe that these areas have dangerous weapons that [...]" Wow. Where does the ANC find these geniuses?

      Joe Irwin - 2013-03-10 21:38

      The nearest street corner will suffice.

  • Mthoko Calvin KaSompisi - 2013-03-10 21:32

    Ohk ANC how about we confiscate our vote from you? You know you do not belong in KZN, we just waiting for Gatsha to step down and put the IFP back to its place(power) continue subortaging the rest of SA and let KZN be for original KZNites,thank you, we shall keep these arms,you never know when is the right wing will decide to wake their heads,so we must be ready.

      Xolani Dallas Radebe - 2013-03-11 01:33

      Crazy fool we dnt nid ppl lyk u in ths country

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:16

      I prefer IFP than ANC.

  • gratton.rush - 2013-03-10 21:41

    Why not get to the root of the problem first. Why and what was the motive for this terrible massacre. When this is established make your comment. When this nation abides by the 10 commandments. There will be no need for weapons. It has absolutely nothing to do with apartheid.

  • Sapper_Coetzee - 2013-03-10 22:01

    These weapons are the fault of the Apartheid Government. If they posted a man on every meter of our borders, MK (cANCer) would not have been able to smuggle them into our country and forget of all their weapon caches. They always worry about licensed people. If we struggle to get licenses for semi-auto weapons how legal is full auto assault rifles. That is allowed for DOD and SAPS. Stop illegal weapons first.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-03-10 22:49

    l pray to God to help me take my family out of that crazy country. Everyday is murder after murder for no reason.

      herman.burger.5 - 2013-03-10 23:24

      Our president says there is nothing wrong here. Only a few bad people, otherwise the same as everywhere else. Perhaps if we could all have Inkandlas with 70 million Rand security?

  • Livo Naledi - 2013-03-10 23:03

    these attacks look lyk they are from africa, esp nigeria. they are typical of islamic extremism, lyk boko haram and the likes. to them, south africa is lyk usa bcos its a christian country. look at the provinces where there are no large concentrations of these drug lords, and tell me if there is any such attacks. reminder: i'm not a xenophobe, dear people of GOD.

  • Jim - 2013-03-10 23:15

    According to a very recent statement from "Showerhead" AKA as zoooomaaa SA is not a violent society....???

      herman.burger.5 - 2013-03-10 23:26

      Only true if you can hide behind the 70 million Rand security measures at Inkandla. On the streets it is a totally different story....

      Fano Enock Mcanyana - 2013-03-11 06:11

      @jimbo you are so angry with zuma being president stop your anger it is not his fault

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:04

      Oh yes it is - ANC are turning on ANC - Enjoy your party! Vote again!

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-03-11 04:04

    Guns dont kill people ANC supporters kill each other to steal a popular phrase. More ANC cadres have been killed by each other since independence than killed by the Apartheid state. Why do they kill each other so, it is open warfare. Is this Zuma's pruge of the reformist?

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:06

      This ANC action was inevitable - just like in Animal Farm - hope you ANC supporters enjoy the violence you have voted for, bet you will think twice next time if you survive.

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-03-11 05:50

    There used to be a very capable firearm unit in the area but in true tradition it's no longer working.

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-11 06:03

    Nah man stop making untrue statements,

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:07

      De nile runs through Egypt

  • drohan.vandenberg - 2013-03-11 07:06

    Fano, so if you steal somehing it is not your fault? That makes less sense than the Gauteng Mayor stealing millions and saying its a private matter. Your sense of logic makes me wonder do you steal too, claiming it is not your fault?

  • zakhelezakes.shabangu - 2013-03-11 07:06

    we all know that these are the deeds of the so called inkatha freedom party . . . . . i wonder what the word freedom means to them

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-11 08:08

    The police! You'r joking! They sell firearms!

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:13

      Yes, because they are under paid, but the ministers salaries are not justified, ANC can't run a country, province or town properly, this is all breaking down, and they will blame apartheid, culture and race instead of addressing the problem.

  • Sanele Maseko - 2013-03-11 08:09

    Every time I read comments two thinks decorate them,anger and blame but no solution. We have been dubbed a violent society by the world. One thing we should know is that outer peace is useless without inner peace.

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-11 11:10

      and you missed the many many solutions presented, so what's your point here?

  • Ras Thami M - 2013-03-11 08:47

    All in kzn....nothing ever changes its the syria of south africa

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-03-11 11:23

    Where is GUN FREE SA now? When it's AK-47's and other high-powered assualt rifles that ordinary citizens cannot get licences for they say nothing.

  • Blemz Mus - 2013-03-11 11:56

    Well, Zuma still got his head in the ground like an ostrich, denying SA got a crime problem. The news is infested with tragic crime stories daily.....and that is only the ones that reach the media...what about the other 100's that don't? And yes, that area from Muden, Tugela Ferry, right through to Nkandla, Maphumulo,etc are full of big guns. Many crime syndicates and hit men hale from these areas.So Anc, stop the talk, and do something constructive. (Start in the bunker in nkandla...Lol)

  • AndrĂ© Smit - 2013-03-11 20:47

    So the guns confiscated in KZN will probably be sold by the police in GP. Then the guns they confiscate in GP will be sold in the Cape Flats. The guns confiscated in the Cape Flats will be sold in the Free State...

  • paul.oxley.520 - 2013-03-26 14:41

    And who would know better than the very ANC that smuggled all those "high caliber" (sic) AK-47s into KZN in the first place. Tell me, ANC, how many caches have you surrendered to the SAPS? What's that you say? NONE!

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