Below follows an email from Ludwig Churr to the Parliamentary Police Portfolio Committee and the Minister of Health regarding significant inaccuracies, omissions, and anomalies in research presented to the committee by GFSA. Supporting documentation is included below the email in verbatim as it was received.
GFSA FEMICIDE RESEARCH AS PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT POLICE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
11 August 2015
The Honourable Ms Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu, Deputy Minister of Police
The Honourable Dr Motsoaledi Aaron Makishe, Minister of Health
The Honourable Mr. Francois Beukman, Police Portfolio Committee
Member of Parliament Dianne Kohler Barnard, Police Portfolio Committee
Member of Parliament Dr. Pieter Groenewald, Police Portfolio Committee
Groote Schuur Hospital Dr. Bernadette Eick
Gun Free South Africa Adele Kirsten et al
Dear Honourable Deputy Minister of Police and other Honourable Parliament members and recipients.
During the National Firearms Summit 2015 on 24 and 25 March 2015, the most Honourable Ms Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu stated that for a patient to be cured, that the patient must admit that there is a problem. And truth must be told honestly and truthfully if a cure is desired.
During a follow-up session on 3 June 2015, the most Honourable Ms. Makhotso Sotyu gave some statistics on Femicide. In answer to my question, it was admitted that the statistics have been supplied by Gun Free South Africa. http://www.parliament.gov.za/live/content.php?Item_ID=7621
It was at the same meeting that Gun Free South Africa made a submission to Parliament. My press release (Copy attached for reference) was issued and submitted to Parliament based on a hardcopy of the GFSA press release that I received on request. The recommendations in the GFSA submission was based on a recommendation of a professor made on Groote Schuur Hospital Stationary. Although impressive initials and Groote Schuur Hospital stationary was used to bolster the recommendations, there were no actual research data to support the recommendations made by the Groote Schuur professor. On what was GFSA statistical data based recommendations based? Statistical data that was supplied and accepted as based on research. Recommendations made to Police Portfolio Committee based on no research is reckless and dangerous.
The Professor and Groote Schuur Hospital was requested by email, and in person, to supply research data supporting the recommendations made to the Police Portfolio Committee. No research has been received. The recommendations made by Gun Free South Africa should be ignored as their recommendations, based by a professor on Groote Schuur Hospital letterhead, has no supporting research. Groote Schuur Hospital is copied with this email for their right to reply.
In the face of no supporting research for the above, the rest of this email will deal with the actual “other research” that Gun Free South Africa used for their Femicide statistical claims made to the Police Portfolio Committee. Although the research paper was issued by SAMRC, many anomalies and questions and contradictions were noted and will be dealt with in detail.
TIME FOR A SECOND OPINION?
It is respectfully suggested that all Honourable Ministers, and members of Parliament, should consider obtaining a second opinion as to what cure is required. A second email dealing more specifically with NIMSS research reports for 2003, 2007 will be forwarded to the same distribution list. Regrettably it takes many thousands of words to correct one distortion. It is regrettable that so many corrections are needed. It is hoped that the “patient” will now consider obtaining a second opinion in light of all the errors and comments.
Attached two documents are detailed research paper analysis and my previous press release.
Please note that there are many more supporting documents than can be supplied if required.