Extracts from a widely used firearms instruction manual in South Africa, produced by the International Training Academy, which explains to prospective handgun owners that they can only use lethal force in certain circumstances:
—"The attack must be against a person i.e. a threat to life and not property."
—"The attack must be about to start or must already have begun."
—"The law requires that if you can avoid a confrontation, you must take reasonable steps to do so e.g. by leaving the scene, if escape is possible. If you do not try to escape, when it is possible, it may be argued that you contributed towards the confrontation and therefore your actions in using force were not legally justifiable."
Source: International Training Academy's official handgun instruction manual required under South Africa's Firearm Control Act of 2000.