[video depicts feral hourde frantically, frothingly chanting the ANC/UDF anthem 'Kill the Boer', note the preferred weapon of choice: "bang"/"zinqu" (zulu language). Also note (more generally) the role reversal: black police force holding back White protesters.]
Cops urge public to hand in guns before D-Day
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HANDED IN ... Constable Thembinkosi Mafu holds one of the handguns given in to police during the amnesty period which started in January. Unlicensed gun owners have been given until Sunday to hand their firearms in to the police.
THE police are urging people who have unwanted or illegal firearms to hand them in before the firearm amnesty deadline on Sunday.
Warrant Officer Dumile Gwavu said anyone who handed in illegal firearms at any police station before the end of the week would not face prosecution, but those who did not would face the full might of the law. “Anyone who has an unwanted legal firearm can also hand it over to the police for destruction.”
The 2010 national firearm amnesty campaign began on January 11.
SA Gunowners’ Association spokesman Martin Hood said yesterday the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty period must be used to update old firearm licences. “By presenting the amnesty as a chance for firearm owners to surrender their licensed firearms and any right they have to compensation, the minister is misleading the public in an opportunistic attempt to serve political objectives.”
Hood also said the best course of action for firearm owners who still had the old green card licences was to “sit tight and do nothing at this stage. If you so wish, you may of course apply for new licences to replace your old ones. Either way, there are no guarantees.”
In January Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa warned that anyone who failed to voluntarily hand over their unregistered or illegal firearms during the amnesty period would face prosecution if caught.
The amnesty project was aimed at taking illegal weapons off the streets to try to decrease firearm-related crimes. “The purpose of the Firearms Control Act is to enable the State to remove illegally possessed firearms from society and prevent the proliferation of illegally possessed firearms,” he said in January.
In the last amnesty period in 2004/05, 17665 illegal firearms were seized.
South African Gun Amnesty Ends
South Africans caught with illegal firearms face “the full force of the law” if caught now that an amnesty program ended Sunday at midnight, says the official heading the program.
Yusuf Abramjee, who runs Crime Line, an amnesty program that started in January that allowed South Africans to turn in illegal firearms without conviction, says those now caught can face up to 25 years in prison.
The amnesty program falls during a time when the ANC-led government has placed tightened restrictions on legal gun owners. Those who carry their guns in public must now carry the relevant firearms liscense and their identity document and immediately produce them if asked by police, officials have warned.
Although the law targets illegal firearms, Abramjee included legal gun owners in his cross-hairs. “Time has run out for gun-owners to surrender their legal and illegal firearms as the gun amnesty period draws to a close today (Sunday),” he said in a press conference.
Legal gun owners in South Africa have been left confused by the double-speak that has characterized the amnesty period. SA Gunowners’ Association (Saga) spokesman Martin Hood said the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty period must be used to update old firearm licenses.
“By presenting the amnesty as an opportunity for firearm owners to surrender their licensed firearms and any right they have to compensation, the minister is misleading the public in an opportunistic attempt to serve political objectives,” Hood said.
Hood advised legal gun owners with old licenses to not upgrade them, although they were welcome to do so if they wished. “Either way, there are no guarantees,” Hood said.
Abramjee also took an Orwellian twist in urging South Africans to turn in “anyone, be it a neighbour, friend, family member or colleague who has an illegal firearm or know where such a firearm is hidden” to “blow the whistle and SMS your detailed anonymous tip-off to 32211 or visit the crimeline website.”
South African “Road Pirates” Terrorize Drivers
Road Pirates attack along R21 (click to enlarge)
Bands of roving “road pirates” have been stalking drivers along South Africa’s main highway linking OT Airport to Pretoria for the last three months, raising concerns for the safety of tourists coming for the 2010 World Cup Games.
Businessmen, road crews fixing the highway, and even US Aid agency workers have fallen prey to the gangs, which usually travel in packs of 8 to 20.
“They stole my watch, wallet and cellphone. When I tried to escape they grabbed me and tied me up with barbed wire,” said businessman Jannie Schoeman, who was recently caught by the pirates when he stopped to change a flat tire near St. George’s Hotel. Schoeman was also shot in the legs by the pirates.
What little security around the area has little effect on the crime spree. A security guard was seriously injured recently after being shot in an exchange with the pirates.
The attacks happen mostly between 9pm and 4am, between the Tembisa Road Bridge and the N1/R21 interchange. Motorists are stopped by debris thrown off bridges or rocks that have been lined up on the roadway.
As typical for the country, South African police have known about the attacks since at least September yet have done little to stop them, leaving the pirates to work with impunity. Little has been done to warn the public, save for a recent notice from the Pierre van Ryneveld community policing forum (CPF).
South Africa's ANC defends "Kill the Boer" song
By Peroshni Govender
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday defended the singing of an apartheid-era song with the words "Kill the Boer" in a row that has raised fears of increasing racial polarisation.
The African National Congress dismissed a ruling by a regional high court last week that uttering or publishing the words would amount to hate speech and violate the constitution put in place after the end of white minority rule.
"These songs cannot be regarded as hate speech or unconstitutional," ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told a news conference. "Any judgment that describes them as such is impractical and unimplementable."
The recent singing of the song by firebrand ANC youth wing leader Julius Malema, who argues that black South Africans have not benefited enough from 16 years of democracy, drew anger from whites and other minority groups.
The lyrics of the song, sung in Zulu, translate as "kill the farmer, kill the Boer", referring to the former ruling white minority.
Amnesty confuses gun owners
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Johannesburg - As the 2010 firearms amnesty draws to a close this weekend, many gun owners are seeking advice after receiving mixed messages from the police and gun dealers, the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Martin Hood said the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty period, which ends on April 11, must be used to update old firearm licences.
"By presenting the amnesty as an opportunity for firearm owners to surrender their licensed firearms and any right they have to compensation, the minister is misleading the public in an opportunistic attempt to serve political objectives.
"The best course for those with old green card licences is to sit tight and do nothing at this stage. If you so wish, you may of course apply for new licences to replace your old ones. Either way, there are no guarantees," Hood said.
He said the January 11 to April 11, 2010, amnesty declared by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, applies only to unlicensed firearms and not to firearms for which valid green cards or new licences are held.
Hood said the ministry was using every possible opportunity to pass off the amnesty as an opportunity for those who did not apply previously to renew their "old" licences within the set deadlines.
Firearm amnesty in 2010
Firearm amnesty in 2010
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Johannesburg - South Africans will have four months to hand in illegal firearms under an amnesty in 2010, the police ministry said on Tuesday.
Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the amnesty would run from January 11 until April 11 next year.
The proposal for the amnesty by police minister Nathi Mthethwa was passed by Parliament on Tuesday.
"The amnesty provides for a procedure whereby a firearm, be it legal or illegal may be surrendered at any local police station without fear of being prosecuted," said Mnisi.
Mnisi said there was a large pool of illegal firearms in circulation around the country and these weapons were a major contributor to the high rate of serious and violent crime in the country.
Part of crime-fighting strategy
"Most robberies are committed with firearms, whilst a large portion of the reported murder cases are committed by people using illegal firearms," said Mnisi.
"The reduction of the number of firearms in circulation is an important part of the South African Police Service's strategy to combat violent crime."
Mnisi said the weapons would be collected and destroyed, following a process prescribed by firearms control regulations.
He said illegal firearms may be handed to any Saps member on duty at any police station. The member must then issue a receipt for the weapon and ammunition received.
This process would not include persons who wish to voluntarily surrender licensed firearms as this involved different procedures.
Mnisi said the last amnesty - during the year 2004/2005 - was an unqualified success.
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Gun owners 'must carry licences'
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Johannesburg - Gun owners who carry their arms in public must also carry the relevant firearm licence and their identity document, Gauteng police warned on Tuesday.
"These documents are very important as they may at any moment be confronted by law enforcement officers during police operations," Superintendent Eugene Opperman said.
"... they then need to immediately produce it. The licence they carry must be for the specific firearm they have in their possession. The identity document is needed to prove a person's identity as the licence alone cannot perform that function."
In routine stop and searches carried out around the province over the past 24 hours, 13 people were arrested and eight illegal firearms were recovered, Opperman said on Tuesday morning.
Arrests over stolen revolver
"One such incident on Monday involved the arrest of four suspects after information was received that the men were planning to commit an armed house robbery in Alberton," Opperman said.
"The vehicle used by the suspects was stopped on the Old Vereeniging road in Alrode South. On searching the vehicle police found a stolen revolver in the car. All four men were arrested."
In an unrelated incident, Springs police investigating an alleged kidnapping case went to an address in 3rd street.
On searching the premises they found an illegal firearm hidden between the mattress and base of a bed.
One person was arrested, said Opperman.
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