No toy guns this Christmas

JOHANNESBURG  Police have warned parents to desist from buying toy guns for their children during approaching festive season. Addressing a Foreigners Forum at the Hilbrow Police Barracks, Senior Superintendent Van Rhyn, said the police, out to defend the public and themselves would not hesitate to

shoot at people carrying objects that could be mistaken for real guns at night. These included toy guns. He reminded members of the public that police needed their co-operation in order to decisively deal with perpetrators of armed robbery, rape, murder and theft. “Parents must completely forget buying their children some toy guns this Christmas. Some of these toy guns are identical to real guns, so we will be compelled to react. People abuse these toy guns, a move that leaves us with no option that to shoot the perpetrators. The police will not hesitate charging at such people, who walk at night robbing others with toy guns,” said Snr Supt Rhyn. He discouraged people from running away after seeing police vehicles or officers saying this would also raise suspicions. While his advice was well received by the audience composed of foreigners, a Zimbabwean national noted that people who had in the past been terrorised by the police tended to run away from the law enforcement agencies instinctively. “I have noticed that my fellow countrymen from Zimbabwe always run away from the police even if they have the papers that allow them to be in SA. – CAJ News

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Zimbabwe Vigil Diary - 10th December 2005

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