20 AUGUST 2021
CHAOS AND DISORDER AT THE CENTRAL FIREARMS REGISTRY
SAGA members have been struggling for many months to obtain feedback on the progress – or lack of progress – with competency and licence applications, and SAGA’s offices have been receiving complaints from members about SAPS poor service delivery on a daily basis. We have now made a decision to proceed with this matter and take it further by putting government on terms.
SAGA has taken the decision to in due course go forward on behalf of our members with an application to the High Court against CFR and SAPS, to force them to process applications within a reasonable time period. Applications should be processed within 90 days (three months), as prescribed by the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (PAJA).
Should any SAGA member experience poor service delivery with respect to their competency and/or licence application, which delays are unreasonable, or any other related issue, please email the SAGA office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by THE SAGA TRUST
14 JULY 2021
SOUTH AFRICAN GUNOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION (SAGA) MEDIA RELEASE ON THE WIDESPREAD LOOTING IN SOUTH AFRICA
SAGA stands united with the government to prevent the current widespread chaos and anarchy in our country. All efforts must be made to prevent innocent civilians getting injured and killed. We strongly urge government to take all steps, irrespective of how harsh, to put an end to the violence and prevent the looting of legitimate businesses.
Excepting for a few units, the police are neither properly trained to deal with the situation, nor properly equipped. Government must ensure that business and people are able to carry on with their usual activities. Crime is not a usual business hence this must stop immediately.
Our constitutional dispensation is clear that people, who feel aggrieved for whatever reason, may peacefully protest. This they may do without being armed, without the destruction of property, and without infringing on the rights of those who do not participate in the protest. Unfortunately, this is not what is currently happening.
Our call to our members (and others who read this message) is to remain calm, remain law-abiding and responsible; however, to be alert and always be prepared to ward off violence and other criminality, should there be no other way out. Members are reminded to not take the law into their own hands but to only protect lives and property in accordance with the legal prescripts.
This media release is issued in the interest of all free and law-abiding citizens, who have the right of choice to possess firearms for lawful purposes.
We urge you to be safe and take care of yourselves – you remain the first respondent to violent crime.
Please Note: The SAGA Office is closed until further notice. Violence and destruction of property in the area have made it unsafe for the staff to keep working.
Issued by the SAGA Trust
01 JULY 2021
MEDIA RELEASE BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN GUNOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION (SAGA) ON THE “WITS” REPORT
SAGA has noted with great concern that a research paper on firearm violence by the Wits School for Governance (“WITS Report”), commissioned in 2015 by the Civilian Secretariat for Police (CSOP), has apparently been used as the basis for the changes / amendments contained in the proposed Firearms Control Amendment Bill 2021.
This report, which was embargoed until being released by the CSOP on 26 June 2021, was reportedly already in the possession of Gunfree South Africa (GFSA) for some time.
SAGA finds it unacceptable that the report was in the possession of GFSA while being embargoed to other stakeholders.
Although SAGA is in the process of studying the WITS report, on a cursory reading it appears that the WITS report does not support government’s contentions that amending the FCA will reduce crime, rather that effective policing is what is required.
SAGA will be updating its submission and will be incorporating these new developments into our final submissions to the CSOP.
We will keep our members up to date as matters develop.
Issued by: The SAGA Trust
25 JUNE 2021
SAGA PRESENTATION TO THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN SAFETY AND SECURITY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
In order to fulfil our vision to actively negotiate with government and other bodies for practical and logical firearm legislation reforms, SAGA asked to address the City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Portfolio Committee on Friday 25 June 2021.
23 JUNE 2021
SAGA CHAIRPERSON SPEAKS AT THE DA FIREARMS SUMMIT
On Tuesday 22 June 2021, SAGA Chairperson Damian Enslin spoke at the DA Firearms Summit. Damian was invited to speak and gave his perspective as an attorney.
THE SAGA TRUST
19 JUNE 2021
SAGA INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE FIREARM FREEDOM RUN PROTEST AT PARLIAMENT
Saturday 19 June 2021
23 MAY 2021
DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL
SAGA Release: 23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021
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