MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Reduce Gun Violence in Our Communities

18 October 2013    

 

Following the death of two police officers in the Western Cape, the IFP has called on the Minister of Police and the National Police Commissioner to urgently come up with a multifaceted plan to address gun violence in our communities.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, said, “The death of these two police officers highlights the need for increased awareness as a first step in preventing in-the-line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries among our police officers. Starting now, we must put a face on the statistics of deceased police officers. We must know who we’ve lost and why we’ve lost them.”

 

Policing strategies and community policing methods must integrate officers with community resources and emphasize crime prevention and proactive problem solving.

 

Ndlovu said, “The IFP has urged the Minister to establish a firearms offender registry and a regional firearm violence task force to assist in fighting gun violence in our society. Communities should be involved in advocating for needed change. Programs must be comprehensive, well-coordinated and community-based. Information is needed on firearms trafficking corridors or gateways that may exist in, or pass through, specific jurisdictions.”

 

The IFP has also called on the Minister and the National Police Commissioner to ensure that statistics on gun violence and gun-related crime, as well as departmental initiatives to reduce gun violence, are kept current and made available to the public on the Department’s website. Furthermore, both traditional and electronic forms of communication, such as Facebook and Twitter, should be used to communicate matters of public safety and response efforts. 

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

 

Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675