The South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday launched a Senzo Meyiwa Gun Campaign in which illegal gun owners are encouraged to surrender their guns to authorities in a bid to create a safer society.
The campaign committee comprises people from a cross section of society and includes Adv Norman Arendse, Adv George Bizos, Jomo Sono, Kate O’Regan, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Thoko Mpumlwana (Gender Commission), Pregs Govender (SA Human Rights Commission) and Gun Free SA representative Adele Kirsten among others.
The launch was attended by several NEC members and all of Gauteng five Regions’ Presidents.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said it was painful that on the day Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba was naming his squad, one prominent name would not be among them – that of captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa who was gunned down on October 26 on the East Rand during robbery.
“So the campaign we are launching today is about unlawful and illegal firearms not legal ones. We need to mop up all illegal guns and destroy them,” said Dr Jordaan. “This campaign aims to save lives so we are appealing to society to hand in all illegal guns.”
The SAFA President said it is from those destroyed guns the Association would want to build a Senzo Meyiwa Statue.
“I hear some people say why Senzo’s Statue and not other captains but from Steve Komphela, Neil Tovey, Lucas Radebe to Aaron Mokoena; all these captains you can still meet them in the streets and talk to them. The only captain you cannot talk to is Senzo,” he said.
Talking at the same platform, soccer coach Jomo Sono appealed to soccer stars to walk away when provoked. He said he had done so several times as some members of the public would like to earn fame by humiliating famous people.
Adv Arendse read letters from Senzo Meyiwa and Reeva Steenkamp families throwing their support on the campaign.
Gun Free SA said they were in total support of the campaign as illegal guns were the biggest cause of deadly violence in society.
The committee would soon convene a meeting with the Police and Justice Ministers to discuss matters related to the campaign and removing guns from the streets.
For further enquiries contact: Adv Norman Arendse on 0836260499