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The hyped reports about Azapo president Mosibudi Mangena still owning a gun after launching a no-gun campaign are misplaced and miss the point of the campaign.
Azapo's campaign calls for a comprehensive, radical and legislative response to the crisis of gun-related violence and crime.
It wants the state to be the sole authority responsible for safety and security. As part of its responsibility, the state should clean our country of all guns. It is in that context that citizens would be required to assist the campaign.
Azapo's campaign takes into account citizens' concerns about safety and has therefore not advocated that civilians surrender their personal firearms, as did the SAPS campaign about two or three years ago. That response to gun violence and crime control was doomed to fail because there was no mechanism to guarantee state intervention to ensure safety and security for citizens who live in constant fear.
Gun control cannot be left to individual choice. People have legitimate concerns about their safety when guns are allowed to circulate and the state fails to create a safe and crime-free environment.
The fact that Mangena has to keep a firearm for personal security should not devalue the significance of the campaign. His honesty must be applauded.
Mpumelelo Toyise, Azapo, Gauteng