All three court cases relating to the issue of expired firearm licence cards are being heard simultaneously in the North Gauteng High Court today.
Readers of this blog may find themselves familiar with the recent overreach (and that is an understatement) of Western Cape FLASH, and their intimidation and harassment of firearm dealerships and expired licence card holders in the province. The list of sins committed by this wayward department is a long one. Fortunately for us citizens the SAPS is still very much staffed by dedicated and ethical people, who share our frustrations. Below follows a verbatim message from an anonymous police officer that reached my via a chain of sources. Thank you for taking the time to write this, whomever and wherever you are.
This has not been a particularly good Easter weekend for the authorities. Early on Good Friday morning several criminals raided 9 SA Infantry Battalion’s base in Khayelitsha, and escaped with six R4 automatic rifles and ammunition. Later the same day a report in the Daily Dispatch surfaced about a Dimbaza SAPS constable who is on the run after stealing five firearms from a police station.
Early this morning five armed criminals robbed the 9 SA Infantry Battalion’s base in Harare, Khayelitsha.
Five. Criminals. Robbed. An. Infantry. Battalion.
This is a familiar battle-cry from emotional, oversensitive people who harbour a deep-seated dislike for firearms and those who own them.
In response to a factually inaccurate Parliamentary press release “Police Committee Supports Firearm Amnesty for 2017”, Gun Owners SA’s Paul Oxley, who was present at the proceedings on the day in question, sent the following email to Temba Gubula of the Parliamentary Communication Services.
An extensive arms cache was seized by the SAPS earlier today after being informed of its discovery by building contractors who found it while conducting renovations.
An intentional motor vehicle accident occurred. During this accident several people were injured and three were killed. The suspect then stabbed an unarmed police officer, after which the suspect was shot by another responding and armed police officer. All of these events preceded the dramatic overreaction which forced the world to hold its breath and watch.
Simply put there are the “few” that are leading the gun rights fight in this country: it is a fight for decent and fair laws and administrative justice for all South African gun owners.
South Africans generally have a poor attitude towards self-defence. Those who can afford to prefer to outsource it to security companies, and place a heavy reliance on passive defences such as high walls, security gates, and alarm systems.
All of those things have their place, but none of them replace the individual’s ability (and responsibility) to actively defend themselves when their person comes under attack.