Xingwana calls for stricter gun laws

Minister Lulu Xingwana says Reeva Steenkamp would be alive if Oscar Pistorius had no gun.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

PRETORIA - Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana on Tuesday called for stricter enforcement of gun control laws.

The minister said model Reeva Steenkamp would still be alive if Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not have a firearm.

Steenkamp was gunned down by the athlete at his home on Valentine's Day.

On Friday, Pistorius was released on R1 million bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Xingwana made the comments while addressing the media in Pretoria on her department's efforts to tackle gender-based violence.

"Domestic violence becomes even more deadly when guns, legal or illegal, are present in the home because they can be used to threaten, injure or kill women and children."

The minister said research supported her claims.

"If there was no gun in the Pistorius home, Reeva Steenkamp would still be alive today."