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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African football have launched a gun control campaign, seeking the surrender of illegal weapons they hope to melt into metal for the creation of a statue of their slain national team captain Senzo Meyiwa.
“We need to mop up all illegal guns and destroy them. This campaign aims to save lives so we are appealing to society to hand in all illegal guns,” said South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan as he launched the campaign on Tuesday.
Jordaan said he wanted government to tighten laws and to also initiate a scheme for the handing in of illegal weapons.
“We want to create a statue of Senzo from the guns as a reminder of the tragedy that these weapons have wrought on the youth of our country,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“There are laws on the books to deal with issue but they are not strictly enforced. We want to generate awareness again.”
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