JOHANNESBURG-- The shooting and killing of a 14-year-old boy by his father in Ennerdale south of Johannesburg this week has sparked debate on the use of guns for protection in South Africa.
Security analysts say the scourge of violence in the country is forcing South Africans to be hyper-paranoid and in a constant state of worry about their survival.
In the case of the killing of the 14-year-old boy on Tuesday by his own father, the man told police that he waited for his son outside the Fred Noman Secondary School when he fell asleep.
When the boy approached the vehicle his father was driving, he knocked on the passenger window, startling his father who then opened fire.
Head of Safety and Security Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria, Professor Jacob Mofokeng, said Thursday that people who owned firearms should be more safety conscience.
We are really confronted with a scourge of violent crime in South Africa, and that forces people, whenever they are in a case where one can be carrying a firearm, will always be conscious that one is a moving target.
You know as a person carrying a firearm you'll always have to be conscious that firearms are quite inherently dangerous objects, explained Mofokeng.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK