'Shoot-to-kill' law always been there (01.10.09)

'Shoot-to-kill' law always been there (01.10.09)

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma and his government's much-publicised efforts to amend the country's laws to allow police to use deadly force when arresting criminals could be "much ado about nothing".

Experts suggest the song and dance about the proposed amendment of Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act could expose Zuma's ignorance rather than give police privileges they do not already enjoy.

"In President Zuma's speech on Tuesday he seems to have indicated that the police are required to fire a warning shot at someone who is about to shoot at them. This is not correct," says senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation David Bruce.

Bruce said the law only needed to be amended to avoid ambiguities, not to give police more powers. – Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Zukile Majova

In Sowetan.

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