Gun owners to hold rally against firearm law
Gun owners will protest on Friday and Saturday against new legislation on gun ownership.
"This unjust law must be scrapped," the Black Gunowners Association (BGA) and Victims Against Crime (VAC) said in a joint statement on Friday about the newly-implemented Firearms Control Act.
The protests would begin on Friday in Cape Town outside parliament with a lunch-hour "solidarity" demonstration by VAC followed on Saturday by a rally in Johannesburg. BGA chairperson Abios Khoele is expected to address "thousands of gun owners" at the rally.
The two organisations said the current procedure to qualify for firearm licence was "cumbersome, very expensive, frustrating" and discriminated against the disadvantaged who could not read or write.
'The money used to implement the law could be used on Aids'
"Those who struggle with comprehension of a second or third language will hardly qualify for a proficiency certificate," they said.
The organisations said the money used to implement the law could be used on Aids, education and improving salaries of civil servants.
Khoele said he has a record of 8 000 applicants denied firearm licences "without justified reasons".
"The law is cumbersome and is disarming the private security industry, killing the film industry and has already done irreparable harm to the R5-billion-a-year hunting and sporting industry," the two organisations said. - Sapa
Was there this summer. It's too late. Most who live there know it. Civil war is about all that will save South Africa. Namibia will need it too, shortly.