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2710, 2022

BRIEFING 3 of 2022: Using the principle of limits to stop SA’s gun violence epidemic

27 Oct 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

The latest quarterly crime statistics confirm the gun violence epidemic in South Africa: 30 people were murdered with a gun every day between 1 April and 30 June 2022, up from 23 a day in 2019/20. Briefing 3 summarises the latest statistics on gun violence in South Africa, as well as studies that offer solutions to our gun violence epidemic.

1506, 2022

BRIEFING 2 of 2022: Gun control, self-defence and public safety

15 Jun 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

Crime statistics for January to March 2022 confirm that violent crime in South Africa continues to rise.

In this context of high levels of crime, a weak criminal justice system, proposed amendments to tighten gun controls (including banning guns for self-defence), as well as forceful marketing by the firearms industry that guns are effective for self-defence, we can expect gun sales […]

3003, 2022

BRIEFING 1 of 2022: Femicide in South Africa over 18 years

30 Mar 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

Femicide – the murder of women and girls – is the most extreme form of violence, and shows a country’s magnitude of violence against women.

South Africa’s third national femicide study looks at how femicide has changed over an 18 year period, comparing data from 1999, 2009 and 2017.

The findings of the Medical Research Council’s 2017 femicide study include that:

  • While SA’s […]
812, 2021

BRIEFING 4 of 2021: A snapshot of injury-related death in SA in 2017

8 Dec 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

Briefing 4 summarises South Africa’s 2nd injury mortality survey which analyses 2017 mortuary data.  The survey gives a snapshot of who, how, where and when people died including detailed information on the weapon used in murder or suicide.

The main findings of the 2017 injury mortality survey include that:

‒             More people were murdered than died […]

1411, 2021

BRIEFING 3 of 2021: The illegal firearms trade in South Africa

14 Nov 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

In May 2021 the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service published a draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill. With almost 100 proposed amendments, a key focus of the Bill is to control legal firearms and ammunition more effectively. This Briefing explores whether that approach will have an impact on the illegal firearms trade in South Africa, and is based on a recently […]

1105, 2021

BRIEFING 2 of 2021: SA’s Central Firearms Register – The collapsing cornerstone of gun control

11 May 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

On 14 and 15 May the Portfolio Committee on Police is conducting an oversight visit in Gauteng, where members will visit the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) in Pretoria. Briefing 2 has been developed in preparation for this oversight visit to highlight that problems in the functioning of the CFR identified in 2010 have still not been dealt with eleven years […]

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