According to the latest issue of the Government Gazette, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula intends to outlaw self-defence weapons.
Law-abiding and taxpaying citizens who catapulted the ANC to power are being asked to defend our hard-won freedom and liberty with sticks and stones. Banning weapons such as shockers, batons, catapults, etc , is the gateway to civilian disarmament, which often precedes genocide.
When presented with deadly chronicles and the perilous historic sequence, naive South Africans say that it can't happen here. This is a dangerous attitude because governments have a penchant for accrueing power at the expense of the liberties of individual citizens. Civilian disarmament is dangerous and counter-productive.
Our criminal justice system shows that there are minimal or no consequences for criminal behaviour. Making defensive weapons illegal will disarm peaceful citizens.
We have learnt nothing if we allow history to repeat itself. Our apathy and silent acquiescence is baffling. We will pay a hefty price if we remain silent. We must have access to effective tools to protect ourselves when an overburdened and frequently unconcerned legal system fails us. Our lives and livelihood depend on it.
Farouk Araie, Benoni