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Friday, 13 September 2019 09:26

Media Release CrimeStats - Guns leading cause murder, attempted murder: Reducing gun availability key to curing SA’s violent crime epidemic

The latest national crime statistics show that guns are overwhelmingly the weapon used to kill, injure, threaten and intimidate:

  • 47% of murders are due to gunshot, up from 41.3% last year, which means an additional two people are shot and killed every day compared to a year ago.
  • 80% of attempted murders are gun-related.
  • 83% of carjackings involve a gun.
  • 59% of residential robberies involve a gun.

Yesterday Minister Cele stressed that “good practices have been dropped”; that we have had success with “tried and tested methodologies” in the past and we must use these again.

Effective gun control is one such ‘tried and tested methodology’. Evidence globally and in South Africa shows that limiting gun availability saves lives. It also creates the conditions for other proven violence prevention interventions like early childhood development, positive parenting and after-school care programmes to be rolled out, as these cannot be implemented when guns are being shot.

Gun Free South Africa calls on the Minister of Police and National Police Commissioner to urgently:

  • Proceed with actions to recover and destroy unwanted, obsolete and illegally held guns as soon as possible, including holding a national firearms amnesty and vigorously undertaking crime-intelligence operations;
  • Review and upgrade weapons storage and destruction facilities to prevent loss and theft and ensure weapons earmarked for destruction are destroyed;
  • Amend the Firearms Control Act (2000) to simplify the administration thereof and to rigorously restrict access to handguns, as it is handguns that are used overwhelmingly in contact crimes like murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

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