Well, the Constitutional Court judgement of 7 June has presented us with the ideal opportunity to take our argument forward. By delivering an unjust and unwise judgement the Justices criminalised the owners of 437 000 firearms… purely because their licence had lapsed, regardless of the reason therefore. On the 14th of June we organised and attended a snap (unscheduled) debate in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police, and the Members of Parliament put several probing questions to the SAPS management. As a direct result of that the Divisional Commissioner for Visible Policing, Lt General Masemole, was sent out of the meeting to consult with me. He requested that GOSA's counsel immediately contact SAPS' counsel before they could issue the expected National Directive.
We did so, and spent the next weeks negotiating with them… in fact, we are still negotiating with them, and so no National Directive has yet been issued.
Despite this, however, several Provincial SAPS offices, and even local DFOs started issuing demands for people with expired licences to surrender their firearms or face arrest!
GOSA has applied to interdict the SAPS from proceeding to harass and threaten expired licence-holders, and for the High Court to declare an extension of the validity of the expired licences until such time as our full application to extend the period of validity of all licences to the lifetime of the licence holder is heard.
THIS is the medicine for the current illness… and will be the foundational step on the route to licence the person, register the firearm… our long-term goal!
So, even if you do not have an expired licence, this issue is absolutely central to GOSA's entire strategy.
But we need your assistance. We need to raise approximately a million rands to get this through court. Over the last week and a bit (since applying for the interdict) we have raised about R150K. We are far short of our target.
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As its members are aware, GOSA brought an application to be admitted as amicus before the Constitutional Court in the case of the Minister of Safety and Security of the Republic of South Africa vs South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (Case CCT 177/17).
1) To offer to the court a 'solution' to the predicament they face with the relicensing issue they are faced with. In our view the entire relicensing issue is irrational in that it makes the FCA unworkable and is thus contra the Objectives of the Act, and thus it stands to be removed in toto from the Act, and
2) GFSA entered the case on the 10th of January and they have chucked everything including the kitchen sink into their submission. If they are not countered effectively we run the risk that their submissions will be seen to be accepted by the ConCourt and are thus res judicata... they cannot be challenged thereafter. GOSA has the information and the instinct to go for their jugular here... and hopefully have them removed from the field of play entirely.
But... this costs money! We estimate that we will need R350 000 for this fight. Please help.
You can either pay into our legal fund via PayPal using the reference of "name+legal", or, to make a larger donation contact firstname.lastname@example.org where Antoinnette will assist further.
Should you wish to make a donation via EFT, please use our Nedbank Account
Gun Owners SA Nedbank Branch Stellenbosch Branch Code 107110 or 198765 Account Number 2008673626 Account Type Savings Deposit Reference Surname/LEGAL