In the Media

Saturday, 30 January 2016 13:23

Stop police using R-5 massacre rifles

As the South African Police Service celebrates its 20th anniversary in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga today, social justice activist organisation Amandla.Mobi and Gun Free SA have partnered on a campaign to ban R-5 rifles in public order policing.

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 in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and the Institute for Security Studies. The research presented by Dr Richard Matzopoulos and Professor Naeemah Abrahams shows that over 4,500 lives were saved from gun violence across five cities (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria) between 2001 and 2005 and that the number of women shot and killed halved between 1999 and 2009.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:16

Guns fuel violent crime: Gun Free SA’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. 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, 12 August 2015 13:19

Gun Free SA, 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. 

Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:20

Applaud SA destruction of firearms on International Gun Destruction Day

Gun Free SA applauds the state’s destruction of firearms today, International Gun Destruction Day. Today’s destruction represents an act of solidarity with all those whose lives have been devastated by gun violence, it demonstrates South Africa’s compliance with international practice regarding the destruction of firearms, and ensures 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 as less guns means less gun violence. 

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