Killing sus­pect preaches gun safety in video

Ac­cused ‘rep­re­sents’ firearm chain

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - MIKE BEHR

THE Worces­ter man charged with shoot­ing a waste re­cy­cler dead at point-blank range in front of his sis­ter last week preaches the im­por­tance of gun safety in a video posted on the web­site of a gun shop in the town.

“Our main thing in this sport is safety,” El­ton Weise tells An­drew Mof­fat of the Worces­ter branch of Out­fit­ters 4 Africa, one of south­ern Africa’s lead­ing gun sup­pli­ers, dur­ing a video in­ter­view in which he ad­vo­cates gun safety and li­cens­ing pro­ce­dures and tells of the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar weapon prac­tice.

“We all love firearms,” he con­tin­ues, pos­ing in the gun shop in front of an as­sort­ment of shot­guns and ri­fles.

“But there’s a lot of peo­ple out there who don’t know how to han­dle them prop­erly.”

As the video rolls, Weise dis­closes that he started shoot­ing 26 years ago at the age of 18 and has been a com­bat shooter for over 12 years.

“I thought (when I started) that I could shoot but re­alised that with­out any proper for­mal train­ing there’s no ways you can shoot.”

Weise, orig­i­nally from the Eastern Cape, moved to Worces­ter about four years ago.

He says he owns 11 firearms, in­clud­ing three 9mm pis­tols and one 10mm hand­gun. He also re­veals that he is a mem­ber of the De Doorns Ski­etk­lub.

In the same video in­ter­view, where Weise is ac­knowl­edged as an Out­fit­ters 4 Africa “am­bas­sador”, he stresses safety drills and shoot­ing range prac­tice are crit­i­cal when it comes to pre­vent­ing tragic ac­ci­dents.

“The big­gest prob­lem is it’s two in the morn­ing, there’s a loud bang, you run to the safe for your firearm, you can’t find a torch, you are lost... you’re walk­ing down the pas­sage, kid walks in front of you... (gets shot) it’s hap­pened too many times.”

Weise’s shoot­ing prow­ess can be seen in a num­ber of videos on Out­fit­ters 4 Africa’s Face­book page, where he fires a semi-au­to­matic shot­gun and an au­to­matic ri­fle at a lo­cal range.

In one Weise prac­tises com­bat shoot­ing drills with one of his 9mm pis­tols with deadly ac­cu­racy.

Out­fit­ters 4 Africa’s

Mof­fat de­clined to com­ment on Weise and asked through a third party that the videos not be pub­lished even though they were openly shared on Face­book.

Pho­tog­ra­pher De­wald Kirsten, who filmed the videos, had no ob­jec­tion to them be­ing shared.

“I know El­ton well and the stuff I’ve read is very bi­ased,” said Kirsten. “I’ve got no idea what hap­pened but El­ton was very safety con­scious. He knew what he was do­ing. I can’t see him pulling a gun and shoot­ing some­one at point-blank range just for the sake of it.

“That’s not the guy I know. Some­thing must have hap­pened based on what I know of his char­ac­ter.

“It doesn’t make sense. He knows the im­pli­ca­tions of shoot­ing some­one. He must have a good rea­son to draw his weapon.”

‘I thought I could shoot but re­alised that with­out for­mal train­ing there’s no ways you can’

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED

The dev­as­tated mother of Jo­hannes Jacobs, Hen­driena Adams, right, is com­forted by a rel­a­tive.

Com­bat shooter El­ton Weise, who al­legedly shot Jo­hannes Jacobs at point-blank range.

The scene at which the waste re­cy­cler, Jo­hannes Jacobs, was shot dead in Worces­ter, al­legedly by El­ton Weise.

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