- Police Minister Bheki Cele feels that SA would be better if citizens didn't carry firearms
- The politician reiterated his anti-firearm views in the National Assembly
- This comes as the Draft Bill on Gun Licences proposes the removal of self-defence as a reason to own a gun
Police Minister Bheki Cele insists that South Africa would be 'better' off without citizens carrying firearms.
FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald asked Cele for his opinion with the Draft Bill on Gun Licences seeking to take away self-defence as an acceptable reason to own a firearm.
The FF+ leader had claimed the majority of unlicensed firearms originated from law enforcement and challenged Cele to strip his bodyguards of guns until the end of the year to see if he still felt secure.
News24 reports that Cele had taken this as a reference to the incident that saw former cop Chris Prinsloo sentenced to 18 years in prison for stealing 2 400 guns from the police.
The minister denied that the majority of guns stolen were taken from the police, commenting that:
"We found that guy. We arrested him. He's doing 15 years in prison.My opinion is it will be better when ordinary citizens of South Africa are not armed."
As for the challenge to remove firearms from his bodyguards, Cele suggested that he would be fine without them:
"I don't have a problem with not having bodyguards. I don't know what he wants to do if I don't have bodyguards."
Briefly.co.za reported that Cele has long called for citizens to be barred from owning firearms.
Explaining his anti-gun stance, Cele claimed that the majority of murders are related to firearm violence:
“Remember that when we make our murder stats, most of the people in South Africa are shot, even those guns that have been surrendered here, usually they all come as legal firearms and then they get stolen and converted into illegal firearms."
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