Media Release, 21 February 2011

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Media Release, 21 February 2011

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2011-02-21 09:26



Last week the Minister of Police told Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA):

"We could never equate a cost to human lives when it comes to
fighting crime. The ministry, in its endeavours of ensuring
proper control of firearms in this country, is not informed by
how much that would cost..."

In 2004 - when the largest part of the Firearms Control Act was promulgated - the police budget stood at R22,7bn. By last year it had increased to R52,6bn.

The costs of implementation of the Firearms Control Act have obviously been astronomical. In Canada audits found that the blueprint for the FCA cost over $2 Billion to implement. Original cost estimates for their Long-Gun Register were $2million.

Tell the people of South Africa how much this Act has cost them, Mr. Minister!

'Trio crimes' are armed robberies at homes and businesses and carjackings. Violent crime.

The 2009-10 annual report of the South African Police Service reveals there were 18786 robberies at residential premises and 5458 arrests, 13902 carjackings and 2352 arrests and 14534 robberies at business premises with 3342 arrests.

Over the weekend Justice Minister Jeff Radebe revealed at a news conference in Cape Town that only 276 such cases had been finalised in the last year, 239 resulted in convictions.

When the media asked Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa how it was possible that only 239 convictions were obtained from tens of thousands of reported cases, the Minister said the statistics showed "inroads are being made" through working tougher and smarter.

Meanwhile, ordinary working people have to hire an attorney to complete a gun license application form. Hundreds of thousands more have been disarmed by this government's unconstitutional gun control regime.

The Firearms Control Act cannot be implemented and administered by the SAPS. The country just cannot afford it. Every Rand poured into the Central Firearms Register is a Rand diverted away from effective policing, from replacing lost keys to holding cells, fixing toilets in police stations, putting band-aids on damaged infrastructure.

And, as we show above, the results speak for themselves. Consider the morality of disarming hundreds of thousands of gun owners without compensation using fraud and intimidation when government ensures successful convictions in less than 1% of violent crime.

Shame on you, members of the security cluster in cabinet! Shame on you!

The visible examples of mismanagement and signs of decay we could list are legion, although this Minister is making great strides in reversing the incompetence and mismanagement of his predecessor.

Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA) publicly challenge the Minister to request that the Auditor-General, Mr. Terrence Nombembe, conduct a forensic audit of the implementation of the Firearms Control Act of 2000 since it was signed into law 11 years ago.

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