Big names support Safa’s gun-free campaign for Meyiwa

The football association’s gun-free South Africa campaign has received a boost, with big names adding their support.

Football legend Jomo Sono and Advocate George Bizos today endorsed the South African Football Association’s campaign, which aims to keep the country free of illegal and unlicensed guns.

Gun Free South Africa has also put its weight behind it.

This comes in the wake of the death of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was gunned down last weekend.

Former Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro and Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba will be on the campaign’s committee.

Advocate Norman Arendse, the convener of the committee, said there would probably be a march to Parliament after Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game against Sudan in Durban next weekend.

He urged all South Africans to rally behind the campaign to make it a success.

Bizos said he was concerned about the 17 other deaths on the day Meyiwa was gunned down.

“Usually it takes a tragedy for people to stand up and say let’s do something as a matter of urgency. Do we sit back and do nothing or do something now?” asked Bizos.

He urged all South Africans to do something about illegal and unlicensed guns.

However, he said there should be amnesty to those who would surrender their weapons.

“We cannot expect them to surrender the guns without guarantees they won’t go to jail. I’ll suggest to the minister of police to consider amnesty and a promise that they will not be prosecuted provided they give information on how they got them,” added Bizos.

The liberation struggle icon also objected to the idea of the death penalty as a solution.

Sono said he didn’t think twice when asked to serve on the committee.

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents also sent a message of support to the campaign. Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius last year.

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