In the Media

Friday, 26 June 2015 13:21

Marikana’s Farlam Commission fails to save lives by banning R-5s in crowd control

Social justice activist organisation Amandla.Mobi and Gun Free SA are deeply disappointed that the Farlam Commission of Enquiry’s report into the 2012 Marikana massacre makes no recommendation to prohibit R-5 rifles – the assault weapon used by police to kill 34 miners – in Public Order Policing. 

Friday, 05 June 2015 13:22

Police leaving service guns at work would save lives

Gun Free SA urges government to protect police and their families by legislating members to leave service pistols at work when off duty. Gun Free SA’s call follows the shooting to death of 5 people on Wednesday night, when a police constable shot and killed his girlfriend, two of her relatives and a police colleague at Alexandra police station as she tried to open a domestic abuse case against him; the constable was later killed by police.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:23

Response to SA Football Association’s Gun Control Campaign

Gun Free SA supports the Gun Control Campaign launched by the South African Football Association (SAFA) this morning in honour of Senzo Meyiwa and the 17 other people shot and killed every day in South Africa. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:27

Welcome ANC call for stricter gun laws to reduce gun violence

Gun Free SA welcomes the ANC’s call this morning to “review existing gun control measures with a view to limiting access to guns that end [up] in the wrong hands,” and reducing the number of illegal guns on South African streets.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:28

Police Act key to ensuring cops firearm fit

Gun Free SA calls for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Act to include a consolidated section dealing specifically with police and firearms in response to the Police Minister’s disclosure that a quarter of the police officers required to carry a firearm are not competent to do so. In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Mr Nhleko reported that by 14 July 2014, 39,333 of 155,534 SAPS members (25%) required to carry a firearm did not have the competency to do so.

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