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Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:20

Applaud SA destruction of firearms on International Gun Destruction Day

Gun Free South Africa applauds the state’s destruction of firearms today, International Gun Destruction Day, at Arcelor Mittal Steel Factory, Vereeniging. Today’s destruction as significant for 3 reasons: Firstly, it represents an act of solidarity with all those whose lives have been devastated by gun violence as many of the firearms destroyed today were used to murder, injure, threaten and intimidate innocent people. Secondly, today’s event demonstrates South Africa’s compliance with international practice regarding the destruction of firearms. Finally, by destroying these guns, SAPS is ensuring that they can never find their way back into circulation – to kill, injure or threaten anyone. Destroying these guns has a direct bearing on reducing crime. Less guns means less gun violence…and a safer South Africa for all. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:19

Gun Free South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and Women’s Legal Centre launch campaign “Know the Law, Use the Law, Save a Life: Domestic Violence and Dangerous Weapons”

As we celebrate another Women’s Month in South Africa, violence against women continues unabated. For many families there is little cause for celebration: the family of Sowela Nkuna, killed by her police husband in Alexandra in June this year and the family of Reeva Steenkamp, as the person responsible for her death, Oscar Pistorius, is due for release after less than a year in prison. While women make up just 10% of gun homicide victims in South Africa, firearms still play a significant role in violence against women; guns are used to kill, rape, threaten and intimidate. The message of this joint campaign is very simple: know the law, use the law, save a life. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:16

Guns Fuel Violent Crime: Gun Free South Africa’s response to 2014-15 crime stats

Corruption in the firearms control management system is driving South Africa’s year-on-year increase in violent crime. Says Adèle Kirsten, Gun Free South Africa’s spokesperson, firearm-related fraud and corruption has channelled guns into the wrong hands, which is fuelling violent crime in South Africa, as the latest crime statistics released today show. Annual police statistics reveal that violent crime has steadily increased since 2012, with the 2014/15 police stats show that murder has increased by 4.6% from 2013/14; robbery with aggravating circumstances by 8.5% and car-jacking by 14.2%. This steady increase in violent crime coincides with a breakdown in the firearms control management system. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:15

Anniversary of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder falls within International Disarmament Week: Take action to stop gun violence

In the 12 months since Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead, 6,500 other South Africans have been shot and killed, the majority of whom are young men like Meyiwa; yet no concrete steps have been taken to prevent gun violence despite unprecedented calls for government action. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:12

Research shows South Africa’s gun law has saved lives, made country safer

Evidence that South Africa’s Firearms Control Act (2000) has saved thousands of lives and made South Africa safer was publicised at a seminar hosted by Gun Free South Africa in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and the Institute for Security Studies today. The research presented by Dr Richard Matzopoulos and Professor Naeemah Abrahams shows that:

  • A total of 4,585 lives were saved from gun violence across five South African cities (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria) between 2001 and 2005.
  • While men make up 90% of gun homicide victims, women are most vulnerable to being shot in their home with a licensed gun owned by their intimate partner.
  • The number of women shot and killed halved between 1999 and 2009, from 32% to 17%, slightly improving South Africa’s femicide rate; while four women were killed every day by their intimate partner in 1999, in 2009 this decreased to three intimate partner murders a day. 
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:11

If your partner owns a gun, you could be the next target

Gun Free South Africa, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Sonke Gender Justice today launched the #GunFreeValentine campaign to highlight that women in South Africa are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by a stranger, with firearms in the home posing a specific risk. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:51

Corruption in firearms industry makes us all a target: Fraudulent issuing of firearms proficiency certificates underscores the risk of a gun in the home as legal gun owners may not have the necessary knowledge and skills to responsibly own a firearm

As part of the #GunFreeValentine campaign; Gun Free South Africa and Sonke Gender Justice call for an immediate investigation into the firearms industry after the latest media exposé filmed the Secretary of the South African Professional Firearms Trainers Council selling a fraudulent firearms proficiency certificate to a journalist. 

Thursday, 05 May 2016 12:50

No one is Immune to Gun Violence in South Africa

A media survey reveals that in just 31 days, 86 people were killed with a gun, and 68 people were injured. Of the total number of deaths and injury reported, 128 were men and 31 were women, including 7 girl children. The cases reported in the media over this period show that firearms are used to kill men, women, and children, young and old, police officers, taxi drivers, security guards, business owners, and alleged gangsters. In short, no one is immune. 

Monday, 08 August 2016 12:47

Gun Free South Africa launches: Gun Violence Survivors – meet the women behind the statistics

As South Africa celebrates Woman’s Day, Gun Free South Africa launches: Gun Violence Survivors – meet the women behind the statistics, a photo essay that pays homage to five powerful women whose lives have forever been changed through a bullet.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:46

Gun Free South Africa has been admitted as Amicus (Friend of the Court) between the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association and the Minister of Safety and Security

The applicant (the SA Hunters) seeks an order declaring sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act (FCA) unconstitutional. GFSA’s intervention as Friend of the Court is to assist the court in determining whether or not sections 24 and 28 of the FCA are unconstitutional. GFSA argues that these two sections are not only constitutionally proper, but a necessary and effective part of gun control in South Africa.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:44

TIME TO STOP EVERYDAY GUN VIOLENCE. Gun Free South Africa’s response to the killing of Mandla Hlatshwayo

Gun Free South Africa welcomes the statements from the Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula highlighting the importance of using the Firearms Control Act to remove guns and save lives.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:43

Issued by Childsafe South Africa and Gun Free South Africa

South Africa’s gun violence is reaching critical proportions as the country is embroiled in a gun violence epidemic affecting the safety of the most vulnerable.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:41

Johannesburg – Police failure to assist complainants with respect to the Domestic Violence

Act (116 of 1998) has been viewed as misconduct, and a disciplinable offence, the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:39

Gun Free South Africa welcomes ruling upholding gun licence renewals, urges state enforcement and public compliance with gun law to stop gun violence

Sunday, 09 July 2017 12:38

Scrap the Surplus! July 9 International Gun Destruction Day

Thousands of South Africans die every year because of gun violence. A South African Medical Journal report revealed that as many as 20 people are killed in gun-related incidents every single day.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:37

Guns and Domestic Violence – the means matter

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:32

World Mental Health Day

Guns are the most lethal suicide method. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 17% of all suicides are committed using a firearm, these types of suicide attempts are almost always fatal and also the most preventable.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:30

International Action Network on Small Arms

International Day of Peace Press Release: As part of the International Day of Peace, The International Action Network on Small Arms -the global movement against gun violence, launched an international campaign raising awareness about the epidemic of gun violence.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 12:29

Gun Free South Africa’s response to 2016-17 crime stats: Guns are fueling violent crime – 18 to 21 murders committed with guns every day

Poor enforcement of gun control laws is leaking guns from the legal to the illegal pool and driving South Africa’s year-on-year increase in violent crime. 

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:27

Gun Free South Africa’s response to loss of 2000 guns by police in 4 years

The Minister of Police has admitted that 2027 guns were stolen from police armouries in the last four years. These guns are now part of the illegal pool of guns, and outside of any control. There are two ways to get rid of illegal guns: Mop up illegal guns and close the tap leaking guns into the illegal pool. 

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