‘Officers at high risk of using their guns to kill family, themselves’

This week a Cape Town police officer allegedly shot dead his wife and step-daughter before wounding himself.

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CAPE TOWN - Gun Free South Africa says research shows police officers, private security guards and military officials are at high risk of using their legal firearms to kill family members and themselves.

The lobby group says their easy access to firearms needs to be regulated.

Gun Free SA’s Adele Kirsten on Thursday delivered a presentation before the police portfolio committee in Parliament.

Kirsten says the trend of officers of the law shooting and killing relatives and then attempting to kill themselves is not new in South Africa.

“We’ve been having discussions with the SA Police Service (SAPS) about whether police officers should be taking their firearms home because if there was no gun this wouldn’t have happened. But, this is a common issue in the country, I would say SAPS officers are more at risk of this happening.”

On Thursday a 48-year-old captain, based at the Milnerton Police Station, shot and killed his 45-year-old wife and 20-year-old step-daughter before turning the gun on himself.

The SAPS member survived a gunshot wound to the head and remains in a stable condition in hospital under police guard.

He’s under arrest and police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)