Two security officers were performing a firearm handover procedure while in a motor vehicle at a Protea Coin Security site in Komatipoort, Mpumalanga on September 7, 2016.
During the handover, a bullet was accidentally discharged and killed the one security officer. When the colleague realized what had happened, and in his distress, took the same firearm and committed suicide. A tragic and unnecessary loss of young lives, caused by not following safety procedures.
Firearms are a hazard to society and anyone who owns or uses one whether for work or personal purposes should follow the safety processes. It only takes one small accident to take a precious life away.
Gun safety rules and recommendations are intended to avoid accidental discharge or negligent discharge, or the consequences of firearm malfunctions. The purpose of gun safety rules is to eliminate or minimize the risk of unintentional death, damage or injury caused by improper possession, storage or handling of firearms.