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Bill to ban 'non-lethal' weapons under fire

By unknown | Mar 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Hostel dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal have joined the provincial house of traditional leadership in condemning the proposed bill prohibiting the carrying of weapons classified as "dangerous".

Last month Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula tabled the bill in the national assembly, proposing a ban on a range of "non-lethal" weapons, including bows, daggers, swords and assegais, that could injure or disable a person.

The list also includes catapults, pangas, cattle prods, flick knives, batons, ninja stars, bows and arrows, spear guns, blowpipes and darts, slingshots, swords, bayonets, spears, daggers, knuckle knives, throwing blades and tonfas, or handled clubs.

Muzi Nyandeni of Ubunye Bama-hostel, a committee representing hostels in and around Durban, said that as Zulus who grew up in a tradition where a male person cannot walk with bare hands, they would not stop carrying what they perceived to be cultural weapons.


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