Minister of Police wants only police officers and soldiers to be allowed to legally possess firearms in South Africa.
Cele reaffirmed that position during an oral question-and-answer session in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, adding that a gun control amendment bill is in the pipeline that could make that opinion a reality.
His remarks on this came after Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader, wanted to know from him how members of the public should protect themselves against armed criminals if he believed that only the police and military could legally possess firearms.
Cele said that was just his opinion at the moment.
According to him, the proposed bill will be subject to all the necessary processes and the outcome of those processes will determine whether the current firearms legislation will be amended or not.
“For now, members of the public are still allowed by law to own firearms.”
Groenewald said in response that Cele did not answer his question and that he himself admitted last year that more South Africans were killed by knives and sharp weapons than firearms.
“Furthermore, the distribution of illegal firearms lies with the police themselves.”
He referred to a former police colonel who is currently serving a prison sentence after selling thousands of firearms to Western Cape gangs.
“We say it is unfair to lawful firearm owners.”