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Four months after launching Azapo's no-guns campaign, party boss Mosibudi Mangena still has a firearm of his own.
Mangena, the Minister of Science and Technology, made the admission this week.
But he insisted his party colleagues were aware of this and that he meant to get rid of it.
He launched the campaign, which called for a total ban on civilian gun ownership, at Kagiso on the West Rand on April 21 - four months ago.
"An immediate and important step we can take as a country to reduce levels of serious and violent crime, is to remove all guns from civilians," he said at the time.
"Only the police and the army should carry guns."
However, this week he claimed the gun he has owned since 1995 was for protection because South Africa had only just emerged from the conflict of apartheid, and "things were pretty rough".
But he had decided even before the launch of the Azapo campaign that he should hand his weapon over to the police for disposal.
He said he had not had time to go to a police station to hand it over, but intended to do so before the end of the year. In the meantime, it was locked away safely, he said. - Sapa