Archive for March, 2010


Section 49 Draft Bill

March 12, 2010

Dear Network Member,

“To Shoot, or Not to Shoot?”

That is the question that may become a little easier to answer – if the proposed changes to the rules concerning the use of ‘Deadly Force’ or ‘Shooting to Kill’ pass public and parliamentary muster. The recently published amendment proposals allow the SAPS more clarity and protection when making snap decisions during a “Stop or I’ll shoot” situation – i.e. while trying to arrest a suspect.

The changes, however, do not apply only to the use of firearms, or only to the use of force by the police, civilians will also be affected – either as an arrestor (as defined in Section 49), an innocent bystander, or (we hope not) as a suspect (as defined, innocent or not) – and we should understand the effects of changes to our rights and obligations.

The deadline for comments on the draft amendments to Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act as set out in the ‘Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, 2010′ is 24 March 2010. The Bill, together with the (draft) explanatory ‘Memorandum on the Objects of the Bill’ is now available on our website home page at

Comments should be emailed to the Department of Justice’s Mr JA de Lange at: jdelange
There will be another chance to comment when the draft Bill becomes a ‘real’ Bill and goes to parliament.

That’s the short basic information you need to get involved.


In the many highly charged, ‘tough-action’ statements by officials, and in media reports and opinion, a couple of Very Important Points are seldom discussed.

First, it is not only SAPS members who use force to arrest suspects; civilians frequently have to use force, sometimes deadly, most often not deadly, to arrest assailants or to stop violent attacks.

(As an aside, it seems to be police/ministerial policy NOT to acknowledge the thousands of lives saved, criminals stopped in their tracks, journeys undertaken, etc – simply because armed civilians have accepted the responsibility of owning a firearm to defend the lives and property of their family, friends, and neighbours.)

Second, although firearms may be the most commonly used means of applying deadly (or sufficient) force, they are not the only means.

Third, it is not only the SAPS who will need retraining, sorry ‘proper training’, on the issues involved. Even bystanders should know that if the police now more readily open fire, it could be better to take cover than to flee and give an edgy policeman the impression that you are an escaping ‘suspect’.

Fourth, although murder dockets are routinely opened against citizens who use deadly force, no new provisions seem to have been made to strengthen the powers and effectiveness of ICD (Internal Complaints Directorate) investigations and recommendations concerning police shootings.

The amendment (to an amendment which was then controversial) is again controversial because some say it will make it ‘too easy’ for the police to use (unnecessarily) deadly force against (possibly innocent) citizens or those whose crimes do not warrant a ‘split-second, death penalty’. Others believe that the amendment does not sufficiently enable the police to protect themselves against callous criminals who have no compunction about taking human life.

While SAGA recommends that citizens refrain from attempting to make arrests, (as distinct from defending yourself against unlawful violent attack), we know that this is not always an option – for this reason it is imperative that you make an effort to understand the possibilities – particularly if the police arrive on the scene while you are ‘threatening a suspect/arrestee with a gun in your hand’.

This understanding could save you an all-important split-second when faced with a ‘shoot, no shoot’ decision.

SAGA will be commenting throughout the process of turning the proposals into law – and will thereafter press for proper training and proper implementation of the amendments.

Issued in the interests of public safety and the protection of your rights by: The SA Gunowners’ Association (SAGA)

Issued: Friday, 12 March 2010 at 09:30

Issued by: The SAGA Office tel +27 31 5629951 fax: +27 31 5620530
For Legal requirements our physical address is given – NOT for mail
Tandjo Centre, 4 Joseph Ave, Glen Anil, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


This Ad Was Placed in the Personal columns of a daily newspaper in,Durban

March 5, 2010

To the well dressed black dude Who Tried to Mug Me on Durban Beach front
three nights ago.

I was the guy wearing the black denim jacket that you demanded that I
hand over along with my wallet, shortly after you pulled the knife on my
girlfriend & I, threatening our lives.

You also asked for my girlfriend’s purse, rings and earrings too

I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important

First, I’d like to apologize for your embarrassment when I drew my
pistol after you took my jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I
was wearing the jacket for a reason.
My girlfriend had just bought me that Glock pistol for xmas, and we had
picked up a new ‘fast draw’ shoulder holster for it that very evening.
Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed
at your head wasn’t it, especially when I blasted that one and only shot
right past your right ear and out to sea?

I know it probably wasn’t fun walking back to wherever you’d come from
bare footed with your ear bleeding and ringing like a church bell, since
I made you leave your expensive shoes, Nokia cell phone, and wallet with
me. That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come
help mug us again.

After I called your mother, or “Mama” as you had her listed in your
cell, I explained the entire episode of what you’d done, fortunately she
spoke English too, and she seemed very shocked, said you worked at a
local bank and wouldn’t do what I was telling her you had done. Anyway, I
then I went and filled up my petrol tank as well as four other people’s
in the petrol garage on your credit card. The guy with the big V8 Jeep
took R800 alone, and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Joe Kools, along with all
the cash in your wallet. That made his day!

I then threw your wallet into the big 7 series Beemer that was parked
at the curb … after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed
the entire driver’s side of the car. I know that this bling car belongs
to a local enforcer and bouncer.

Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone.
Vodacom just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for
a little over a day now, so what’s going on with that?

Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the local
ANC office and one to the bureau of state security (intelligence
services) too, while mentioning President Zuma and Julius Malema as my
probable targets. The state security guy seemed really intense and we
had a nice long chat – I guess while he traced your number etc.

In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you …. but I
feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for
your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some
of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you
have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider the career
path you’ve chosen to pursue in life.

Remember, next time you might not be so lucky.
Have a good day!

Thoughtfully yours,



Zacob Zuma – AKA “Shagga Zulu”

March 4, 2010

It seems a survey was conducted among the women

of Soweto.

They were asked if they would be prepared to sleep with President Zuma.

3% said “Yes they would”

97% said “No, not again” ….