Our Work

Who we are

GFSA is a national NGO committed to reducing gun violence through public policy advocacy, education and awareness raising, and community mobilisation. For over 20 years:

  • We’ve worked to strengthen gun control policy and programming and the enforcement thereof through lobbying and advocacy;
  • Our media outreach has specifically focused on highlighting the risks of guns in the home for women and how to use the law to save a life;
  • and Our community safety interventions engage and support youth networks to both establish gun free zones and build capacity to amplify young voices working towards safer communities.

Our Partnerships

Alex FM
Children's Radio
Tshwaranang
Amandla.mobi
Institute for Security Studies
Wits
Black Girl Fat Girl
Sonke Gender Justice
Women's Legal Centre

Significant victories

Reduction in gun deaths
Reducing gun deaths from 34 a day in 1998 to 18 a day in 2009: GFSA played a key role in establishing the Gun Control Alliance, which lobbied for stricter gun laws; the Firearms Control Act was passed in 2000.

Constitutional court ruling
On 7 June 2018 the Constitutional Court ruled that SA’s Firearms Control Act is in line with global and regional good practice in requiring firearm owners to regularly renew their firearm licence: GFSA admitted as amicus curiae in the matter.

Youth mobilisation against gun violence 
Working with young people to build safer communities: Alexandra youth mobilise in schools and on the streets for activities to create gun free zones and petition local police to proactively prevent gun violence in Alex.

Endorsements

Monday, 23 July 2018 12:22

4 Key Factors for a Successful Firearms Amnesty in SA

Gun Free South Africa welcomes Police Minister Bheki Cele’s announcement to parliament of his intention to declare a 6-month national firearms amnesty under Section 139 of the Firearms Control Act starting 1 September 2018. The primary objective of an amnesty is to remove illegal guns. There are 4 vital factors which determine how successful the proposed 2018-19 amnesty will be in mopping up illegal guns in South Africa.

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