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SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021
SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021
SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021.pdf (182.53KB)
SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021
SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021
SAGA Letter to SA President 21Jul2021.pdf (182.53KB)

21 July 2021

The President of the Republic of South Africa
The Presidency
Union Buildings
Government Avenue Pretoria
0001
Per email:
    presidentrsa@presidency.gov.za
    LeratoK@presidency.gov.za
Dear President Ramaphosa,

WITHDRAWAL OF THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021

I write to you in my capacity as the Chairperson of the South African Gunowners’ Association (SAGA) which represents the interests of ordinary, law-abiding citizens that either choose to own firearms for lawful purposes or support legal firearm ownership.  

Our plea to you is that the draconian Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021 be withdrawn.

The Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021 seeks, among others, to remove firearms for self-defence and for private collecting, further seeks to place restrictions on the types of firearms that can be used by security companies, as well as to restrict sports shooting and hunting firearms. The Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021 also severely restricts the possession and collection of ammunition and outlaws reloading of such.

The riots, insurrection and looting that have taken place in parts of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng in the past week has caused havoc to South Africa’s international image, and has left malls, shops, factories, warehouses and other infrastructure in ruins. This has resulted in thousands of honest, hard-working people losing their jobs, their livelihood and income, leaving them and their families and dependents destitute.

Besides this, the damage to the economy is devastating to say the least with one of the largest motor vehicle manufacturers in South Africa and for that matter possibly in Africa, Toyota, threatening to close its factory and disinvesting from South Africa. The knock-on effect will be far reaching with parts suppliers, dealerships and other support industries having to close their doors. Farmers will no longer be able to have their Toyotas serviced and repaired and the effect will be felt even across our borders.

It appears that the intelligence community have failed in their task of gathering intelligence that would have prevented this catastrophe from happening. The South African Police Service, which has the Constitutional duty to protect the country and the citizens, appears to have found themselves incapable of dealing with the vast numbers of looters and criminals and have found themselves overstretched, under provisioned and totally overwhelmed through lack of training and resources.  

You have reportedly said that you welcomed “ordinary citizens” who had been “defending their areas and assets” . In SAGA’s view, had it not been for such law-abiding and ordinary citizens defending the lives and property of others, using the very firearms that the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021 seeks to take away, the situation would have been very different.  

An armed and prepared citizenry is not a threat to our democracy, but a guarantee against those who would wish to overthrow a democratically elected government by force and mayhem. It is clear that firearms do protect the law-abiding citizens of South Africa and that even those who do not own firearms, support those who do, as those who do not own firearms feel safer knowing that there are armed law-abiding citizens amongst them.  

By way of example, a recent poll on Gun Free SA’s twitter account resulted in 86% of the respondents advising that they felt safer with someone who had a firearm, while 8% felt unsafe, and the other 6% were unsure. To emphasize this, the TV programme Carte Blanche held a Facebook poll, and in terms of this poll 5% of respondents felt that the scrapping of firearm licences would reduce gun violence whilst 95% felt that it would not.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa guarantees the right to life, property, freedom of association and peaceful demonstration. It does not give any person or organisation the right to resort to insurrection, revolution, chaos and anarchy the likes that we have witnessed since 11 July 2021.   

If the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021 had already been passed prior to the 11 July 2021, the circumstances may have been entirely different with much more devastation and many more innocent lives being lost as a result.

In closing, Mr. President, the time to act decisively is now. By withdrawing the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021  you would show your unequivocal support to those legally armed ordinary law-abiding citizens who have been on the front line of defending our hard-won democracy.  

We accordingly request your full support in withdrawing the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021.

Yours sincerely THE SOUTH AFRICAN GUNOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION  

DAMIAN ENSLIN
Chairperson

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SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021
SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021
SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021.pdf (212.79KB)
SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021
SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021
SAGA Media Statement on Looting 14Jul2021.pdf (212.79KB)

South African Gunowners’ Association (SAGA) Media Release on the Widespread Looting in South Africa

14 July 2021

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


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SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021
SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021
SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021.pdf (203.37KB)
SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021
SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021
SAGA Release on WITS Report 1 July 2021.pdf (203.37KB)

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

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SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021
SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021
SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021.pdf (226.77KB)
SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021
SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021
SAGA.CSOP.Extension.27.6.2021.pdf (226.77KB)


APPLICATION FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS ON THE PROPOSED DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL 2021

  1. I write to you in my capacity as Chair person of the South African Gunowners’ Association (SAGA), which is the voice of South Africa’s law abiding citizens.
  2. We protect the right of law abiding and responsible citizens who choose to own and use firearms for self defence, sport , hunting, recreation , business or other legitimate purposes.
  3. The purpose of this letter is to request an extension to the deadline for submissions of comments to the Bill.
  4. The draft Bill was only made available for comment on 2 4 th May 2021 with a deadline for comments on 4 July 2021.
  5. Upon studying the Bill we have realized that it contains many unacceptable ,draconian and unconstitutional provisions to which we are totally opposed. However , we need to consult as widely as possible with our members on the number and nature of the objections we wish to raise as our membership base is wide and varied.
  6. Apart from our own membership, we are aware that most, if not all, other associations in the firearms industry including civil society, are equally opposed to the Bill and will need sufficient time to prepare their objections. In addition we need sufficient time to consult with all the roleplayers s o we can ensure our input on the Bill is all encompassing.
  7.  We place on record that there has been no consultation with SAGA or any other association in the industry that we are aware of as referred to in the introduction of this Bill. SAGA is, and has been an important stakeholder in these issues in the past and we are gravely concerned and suspicious about the lack of engagement from your office.
  8. What is most worrying is the apparent collusion between your office and Gun Free South Africa, which leads us to suspect that you are entirely biased towards the firearms industry as a whole and that we may not receive the fair treatment that we are constitutionally entitled to. We further place on record that we reserve all our rights to report this to the Public Protector should you fail in any way to allay our fears and suspicions.
  9. We have no guarantee that our objections will be fairly treated and not simply swept off the table. We will require information as to who will peruse the objections and what their level of knowledge and expertise is regarding the many controversial issues contained in the Bill are. We will also need to know who will make the decisions on suggestions received in the submissions.
  10.  Further various reports and documents, which are voluminous in nature, which appear to have a direct bearing and have influenced the Bill, were released late yesterday, 26th June 2021, on the CSOP website, and SAGA and the other firearm rights organisations require sufficient time to correctly study the documentation.
  11. As set out above, we require sufficient and reasonable time to conduct proper consultations with our members and other organisations, to enable us make proper submissions.
  12. In the circumstances we formally request an extension on the time period required to make submissions on the Bill
  13. Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.


Yours faithfully,

THE SOUTH AFRICAN GUNOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION

DAMIAN ENSLIN
Chairperson


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FCR_Firearm_Command_Management
FCR_Firearm_Command_Management
FCR_Firearm_Command_Management.pdf (1.54MB)
FCR_Firearm_Command_Management
FCR_Firearm_Command_Management
FCR_Firearm_Command_Management.pdf (1.54MB)
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement.pdf (294.89KB)
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement
CSPS FCA_Media_Statement.pdf (294.89KB)
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report.pdf (6.55MB)
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report
CSPS-WSG_Firearms_Report.pdf (6.55MB)


MEDIA STATEMENT

The Civilian Secretariat for Police have issued a Press Release on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill 2021 and made available two reports: the Wits School of Governance Firearms Report, and the Report of the Committee on Firearms Control and Management in South Africa.

This is for informational purposes and in no way represents a statement from SAGA or position on this matter


SAGA TRUST


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SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting
SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting
SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting.pdf (139.78KB)
SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting
SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting
SAGA Release on City of Cape Town Meeting.pdf (139.78KB)
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021.pdf (1.55MB)
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021
SAGA Presentation City of Cape Town 25.6.2021.pdf (1.55MB)

SAGA Media Release

SAGA PRESENTATION TO THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN
SAFETY AND SECURITY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

25 June 2021
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.

The committee chair Counsellor Mzwakhe Nqavashe obliged and extended an invitation to
SAGA.

Damian Enslin, the Chairperson of SAGA, made the presentation.

The purpose of this presentation was to educate the committee on the FCA Amendment Bill
2021 and its dire ramifications, and further to request that they make a submission on the Bill
in the public participation process with the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service.

A special Motion was introduced by the Chairperson and was carried, and thus the City of
Cape Town will formally object to the Bill and make a submission against the FCA Bill.

This will be the first time that a City has taken a stand for firearm rights in South Africa.
SAGA would like to thank the Committee for the invitation and for the resolution made on
the matter.

Issued by: The SAGA Trust


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SAGA at DA Firearm Summit
SAGA at DA Firearm Summit
SAGA at DA Firearm Summit.pdf (155.97KB)
SAGA at DA Firearm Summit
SAGA at DA Firearm Summit
SAGA at DA Firearm Summit.pdf (155.97KB)

SAGA CHAIRPERSON SPEAKS AT THE DA FIREARMS SUMMIT
Issued: 23 June 2021

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.

When asked to speak about the current administration of the Firearms Control Act, Damian had the following to say:

"As you may know the CFR is in disarray... from the station level all the way to national level it is in disarray, applications take an inordinate amount of time, I'm constantly fielding questions from clients who are waiting many months for their competence or licence applications to be granted... it seems that the national office is incapable of remedying the problem. This was exacerbated by the two amnesties."

Although self-defence was the main issue raised at the Firearms Summit, all the organizations involved provided input and issues surrounding hunting, sports shooting, firearms collecting and reloading were raised.

We would like to reiterate that SAGA is passionate about the right of the law-abiding citizen to
choose to own a firearm for whatever legal purpose they see fit. And we are passionate about
ensuring that people's rights are protected. A big part of the vision of SAGA is that everyone shouldbe free to choose if they wish to own a firearm or not. We want our members to be secure in the knowledge that we hold their best interests at heart and we will not compromise on this.

It's never been as easy to join SAGA as it is now – just click on the link JOIN-SAGA or scan the QR Code on the right.

If you have any questions about the renewal process, or any feedback regarding your experience with SAGA, please contact our membership manager, Mrs Gaye Marshall-Goodridge on 031-562-9951 or saga@saga.org.za

THE SAGA TRUST

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SAGA Submission Suggestions
SAGA Submission Suggestions
SAGA Submission Suggestions.pdf (120.64KB)
SAGA Submission Suggestions
SAGA Submission Suggestions
SAGA Submission Suggestions.pdf (120.64KB)
HOW TO WRITE A SUBMISSION
HOW TO WRITE A SUBMISSION
How to Make a Submission.pdf (225.48KB)
HOW TO WRITE A SUBMISSION
HOW TO WRITE A SUBMISSION
How to Make a Submission.pdf (225.48KB)
 HOW TO WRITE A SUBMISSION


No law is passed without the public having their say.The Constitution ensures that there is public involvement in the law-making process, affording citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns about legislation that affects them.

One way this can be achieved is by making a written submission.

Things to Consider:

    •Make an Argument
    Your submission will be judged on how convincing a case you make. Be clear, concise, and logical.


    •Be Respectful
    Remember that you are trying to get your message across for a reason. Be respectful and refrain from using  inappropriate  language.

    •Double-check
    Present your information thoroughly. Be sure to spell-check.


    •Be Relevant
    Your submission must deal clearly with issues in the draft Bill.

 
    •Conclude
    End your submission with a summation of the main points of your argument in a concise paragraph.

Some Important Pointers:


    1. Meet the Deadline:

    The deadline for submissions is 3 July 2021.

    2. Make sure your submission heading clearly states the following:
    WRITTEN SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021

    3. Contact Information:
    Make sure your submission states your full name, postal address, email address, telephone number and, if applicable, your fax number.

    4. State Your Concerns:
    State why the bill is important to you, and how it will affect you or the public. This should be followed by the problems you have with the bill and your proposed solutions or recommendations. Your concerns should constitute the bulk of your submission.     Remember to be constructive in your criticism of the bill.

    5. Submit in one of three ways:
    
    By post to:      
    Secretary for Police Service
    Attention Mr M Ntwana  
    Civilian Secretariat for Police Service
    Private Bag X922, PRETORIA, 0001

    By Email to: comments.fcabill@csp.gov.za

    By hand delivery to: The Civilian Secretariat for Police Service at Van Erkom Building, Van Erkom Arcade, 7th Floor, 217     Pretorius Street PRETORIA

SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021
SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021
SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021.pdf (405.3KB)
SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021
SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021
SAGA at the Firearm Freedom Run protest 19.6.2021.pdf (405.3KB)

 

SAGA INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE

FIREARM FREEDOM RUN PROTEST AT PARLIAMENT

 

Saturday 19 June 2021

On Saturday, SAGA Chairperson, Damian Enslin, was asked to speak at a peaceful march to parliament that was organised by Ride to Freedom to protest against the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021. The protest was at full capacity in terms of the current Covid restrictions on public events. People attended from different parts of Cape Town and the numbers would have been much greater had more people been permitted.

“The biggest issue with this Bill is that government has not spoken to the stakeholders, the role players, they have not spoken to us about this Bill. They said they have, but they haven’t spoken to organisations such as SAGA and GOSA, they have not consulted with any of us. Under a democracy you are meant to consult with the people and not just push a Bill through.” Damian Enslin said on Saturday.

The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, also spoke and gave his support to the fight against this Bill.

"We cannot consider supporting this legislation … if you are a Member of Parliament and are considering supporting this legislation, you must never again expect government to protect you, don't expect armed protection when you expect the citizens to be without that same protection afforded to you … let's see how confident you will do your job without armed protection," he said.

SAGA would like to thank the organisers of this protest for inviting us to speak and make it known that SAGA is happy to work with any organisation that is willing to fight this Bill in a lawful manner.

SAGA encourages all firearms owners to make a factual submission against this Bill and to make use of platforms such as DearSA to make their voices heard. All SAGA members are encouraged to recruit at least one member and to keep their memberships up to date so SAGA can continue to serve and fight for members’ rights as they have done since 1985.

Issued by SAGA

20 June 2021

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UPDATE TO OUR MEMBERS  ON THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL

UPDATE TO OUR MEMBERS ON THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL
UPDATE TO OUR MEMBERS ON THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL
SAGA FCAAB update to members 8.6.2021.pdf (561.04KB)
UPDATE TO OUR MEMBERS ON THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL
UPDATE TO OUR MEMBERS ON THE FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL
SAGA FCAAB update to members 8.6.2021.pdf (561.04KB)


SAGA Release:23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021
SAGA Release:23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021
SAGA Release FCA Bill 23 May 2021.pdf (56.43KB)
SAGA Release:23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021
SAGA Release:23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021
SAGA Release FCA Bill 23 May 2021.pdf (56.43KB)
Draft FCA Amendment Bill
Draft FCA Amendment Bill
Draft FCA Amendment Bill.pdf (1.21MB)
Draft FCA Amendment Bill
Draft FCA Amendment Bill
Draft FCA Amendment Bill.pdf (1.21MB)

 

 SAGA Release:23rd May 2021 DRAFT FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL, 2021

As many of our members are aware, on Friday 21st May 2021, Government  released the Preamble to the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021.

Officially at the time of releasing this media statement, the actual Bill itself has not as yet been publicised, although an unofficial “leaked” version has been doing the rounds over the weekend.

It is clear from the Preamble that the Bill is, and will be, very draconian, with the most pressing issue the fact that the right choose to own a firearm for self-defence licenced in terms of Section 13 has been removed.

How government could ever think about removing the right to choose to own a firearm for self-defence, when we are experiencing a severe crime rate and where even the police have previously admitted that they don’t have sufficient capacity to protect all citizens, is completely inconceivable.   

In SAGA’s view, Government seems to be completely out of touch with reality and that Cabinet, Ministers and many government officials in high positions, who are protected on a daily basis by security teams and SAPS, paid for by tax payers, now wish to leave ordinary South Africans citizens unarmed and at the mercy of criminals.

SAGA will not take this lying down. SAGA’s legal team will be preparing submissions in response to the Draft Bill and, if necessary, SAGA is prepared to take this matter to Court to protect its members and ordinary South African’s right to choose a firearm for self-defence.

SAGA representatives are working through the documentation thus far released - and still due to be released - and will report back to members about what can be done to have their say about this Draft Bill and to help support SAGA’s objections.

Now is the time for all firearm owners to unite, and if you are not a member of SAGA, join us on saga@saga.org.za.

SAGA believes in the right of law-abiding and responsible citizens to choose to own and use firearms for sport, self-defence, recreation and other legitimate purposes.

Please keep a look out for further releases from SAGA in the near future.
Issued By: Damian Enslin
SAGA Chairperson


SAGA IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

WHAT IS SAGA ABOUT

The South African Gunowners' Association (SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting and self-defence.
        
SAGA is the watchdog that endeavours to safeguard the rights of the South African public by engaging government in discussion regarding firearm related issues and to provide technical assistance and expertise where needed. This is achieved by collecting and disseminating information regarding all aspects of the legitimate use of firearms. This is to enable responsible, non-discriminatory and enforceable legislation that would benefit all South Africans, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

World Forum on Shooting Activities  (WFSA)

The World Forum on Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) is an ECOSOC NGO at United Nations representing over 100 million hunters and sport shooters.  We also represent most of the major civilian firearms and ammunition manufacturers. SAGA is a paid up voting member and is represented on the EXCO.

 If you want to get in touch with SAGA, just click on Contact.  

 Enjoy your visit!