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Jaco Bothma Back At CFR
25 Aug 2016

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Major-General Jaco Bothma has been appointed as the head of FLASH (Firearms Liquor and Second Hand Goods Control) and started in his new post in July.
 
This is a development that has been greeted with cautious optimism by stakeholders in the gun owning community, especially in light of previous difficulties with some of his predecessors.
 
Recent engagement by the firearms owning community with Major-General Bothma made a positive impression on key stakeholders when the SAPS/Hunter's Consultative Forum met with Bothma early in July.

From this meeting a follow up one was arranged for later in July with a small delegation to focus on specific issues, many of which have been problematic for a long time. More pressing though, was the issue around late renewal of firearm licences which have expired. Refusals for licences for meaningless or technically incorrect reasons was also mentioned. General Bothma was focused on short, sharp actions from brief meetings, in line with the SAPS National "Back to Basics"� strategy.
 
"We were incredibly well received, and there was a real sense of purpose and energy"�, commented Stephen Palos, chairman of the Hunter's Forum.
 
"Maj Gen Bothma probably knows South African firearms legislation better than anyone else in the SAPS and has extensive knowledge and a very good understanding of the technical aspects relating to it. He is known to apply it to the letter of the law, and this is very helpful when taking up specific cases with him."�
 
Andre van der Westhuizen of the SA Wingshooter's Association also expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of working with General Bothma, saying "he knows the Firearms Control Act like a reverend knows the Bible, and can quote chapter and verse when asked on specific points."�

Van der Westhuizen is of the opinion that a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship between the SAPS and the firearms owning community can be achieved. "If mistakes are made or issues arise, then I am confident that General Bothma is the right person to provide speedy resolutions and a satisfactory result."�
 
The meeting with General Bothma was concluded with a generally positive impression from the Hunter's Forum. "We were impressed that the general made time to meet with the Hunter's Forum within three days of his appointment, and look forward to a constructive relationship with senior management at the CFR going forward,"� Palos said.
 
Palos is cautiously optimistic that many of the more petty matters raised with General Bothma may be resolved quite soon and that the bigger issues will start to receive properly considered attention. Another SAPS/Hunter's Forum meeting has been scheduled for October.
 
Pot-Shot will be maintaining regular contact with the key stakeholders to keep abreast of progress made in the ongoing discussions between the Hunter's Forum and the SAPS. In the meantime we wish all participants well in their quest to streamline the processes surrounding the issuing and renewal of firearms licences and other discussion matters regarding the Firearms Control Act.

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