Comment by John Robbie

Gun responsibility at a time of the Oscar-Reeva tragedy

We’ve had so many stories about guns on 702 - remember that guy who was an ANC employee that shot after a cellphone thief? It was a little boy and he shot and killed him.

Just the other day, we had the taxi war madness in Midrand and a bullet hit an innocent lady in her car on her way to work and she was killed. Guns are a part of life in South Africa but so is innocent death because of them and that is a fact.

You look at the Oscar trial – for so long it’s been a voyeuristic journey for most of us where we get to see the adversarial nature of our law at work: dolus directus and dolus eventualis; we’re all experts! We’ve had fans being moved minutely from the balcony to the bedroom and screams and gunshots and cricket bats hitting doors and experts galore!

We’ve had Gerrie Nel ‘Mr Nasty’ and Barry Roux ‘Mr Nice’ and the daily game we all play when we look at the television – who is in the public gallery? It’s a favourite – who can we recognise?

But yesterday was different – yesterday brought home what the Oscar Pistorius trial and incident with Reeva Steenkamp was all about. It was about a person who loved guns and who was paranoid about security, either making a terrible mistake or losing his temper or being scared stiff. But the end result is that whole families are ruined forever.

Oscar’s a broken man and you look at his loyal sister – I feel so sorry for her and the family, they’ll never be the same. Reeva’s cousin and her story yesterday – she started off so confident and then you realised that she’s a broken person and her family is also dysfunctional now; that came out.

There’s counselling, there’s therapy all over the place and of course the gun issue is a contentious one. If the violent gangsters and crooks have guns, why shouldn’t we? It’s a very fair question.

Don’t get me wrong, but for the love of God, if you have a gun, be responsible and careful and understand what it can do. It can kill people and can ruin lives – not just the people who are shot.

Listen to John's Comment in full below:


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
'In the absence of good leadership, we need to step up our game' - John Robbie

'In the absence of good leadership, we need to step up our game' - John Robbie

In his last comment for the year, John Robbie inspired by a jogger calls for all of us to up our game, work harder and work smarter in the absence of good leadership.

10 essential reads for every 16 year old

10 essential reads for every 16 year old

John Robbie took some suggestions for a list of compulsory books that every South African young person should read.

A family overcoming disability

A family overcoming disability

Find out how a a blind mother and father managed to communicate well with their two deaf children.

John Robbie's letter to his younger self

John Robbie's letter to his younger self

Following his birthday on Tuesday, John Robbie was asked what he would give as advice to his younger self. His response is profound.

Mx'd reactions to the new gender neutral prefix

Mx'd reactions to the new gender neutral prefix

Dictionary.com has added new prefix, Mx - that does not indicate gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity.

How we can help Kya Sands residents

How we can help Kya Sands residents

Hundreds of Kya Sands' informal settlement residents were left destitute after hundreds of shacks were gutted by a massive blaze.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

How did Ngebulana build his empire? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed him for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Start your Christmas shopping off with a bang at these major retailers offering some impressive discounted sales for Black Friday.

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

In 2001 Naspers invested $32 million in (then tiny) Tencent. Learn more about the wildly profitable Chinese behemoth...

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will pilot a new funding model in 2017. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana explains.