Ilse de Lange
1 minute read
11 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Phiyega must bite AfriForum’s bullet

Ilse de Lange

Civil rights group AfriForum has obtained an urgent interim High Court interdict to reverse National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's decision to "cancel" existing accreditation for firearm trainers and force them to be accredited with a new middleman.

FILE PICTURE: National Commissioner of Police Riah Phiyega. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Judge Sulet Potterill on Friday granted an order directing Phiyega and the divisional commissioner of visible policing to issue a circular to all divisions of the police, including all designated firearm officers, to accept firearm training and proficiency certificates from providers who prior to November 1 were accredited with Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority.

AfriForum approached the court for relief after Phiyega issued a notice that the SAPS would from November 1 only accept firearm training certificates issued by providers accredited by the South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council (SAPFTC).

The decision in effect cancelled any existing accreditation.

AfriForum’s head of community safety, Ian Cameron, said the court order meant that the status quo would be maintained and that the police would have to accept existing accreditation as valid.

The police and SAPFTC have until January 22 next year to supply reasons why a final interdict should not be granted.

AfriForum maintained the SAPFTC was managed by other competitors in the profession and that members of its board were themselves service providers.

They believed the SAPS and SAPFTC had created a monopoly, enabling the council to control, limit or manipulate the operations of its competitors.

They claimed the council would also be able to obtain confidential information about its competitors which could undermine the sustainability and viability of other service providers.

Cameron described the court order as a victory for service providers who would have suffered huge financial losses .