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1711, 2023

STATEMENT: Response Q2 crime stats – The weapon matters: Guns leading cause of murder in SA

17 November 2023|Media Releases|

The latest quarterly crime stats show that gun violence has again increased, with 34 people shot dead every day between 1 July and 30 September, up from an average of 31 people shot and killed a day in previous quarters. While SA’s violence bloodbath is fed largely by men arguing with and then killing other men, this is most often […]

1107, 2023

STATEMENT Underperformance and corruption at Central Firearms Registry fuels gun violence epidemic in SA

11 July 2023|Media Releases|

Cape Town, 11 July 2023: Against the backdrop of a protracted policing crisis around effectiveness and leadership, allegations of underperformance and corruption have for years dogged the Central Firearms Registry (CFR), the police unit responsible for firearms management, including firearm-related recordkeeping.  Globally accurate and efficient recordkeeping, which tracks firearms from cradle to grave, is recognised as a cornerstone to effectively […]

3105, 2023

STATEMENT: Crime stats – Deeply concerned by increase in gun-related crime, lack of attention to gun violence epidemic

31 May 2023|Media Releases|

The latest crime stats presented by SAPS to parliament  show that gun-related crime has significantly increased e.g. gun-related murders have increased a staggering 35% from 23 people shot and killed a day in 2021-22 to 31 people a day in 2022-2023. GFSA was present during the presentation and deliberation by parliament and is deeply concerned by the lack of engagement […]

603, 2023

STATEMENT: GFSA institutes class action against police for deaths and injuries allegedly resulting from corrupt, negligent firearms management

6 March 2023|Media Releases|

GFSA has given notice to the Minister of Police of class action proceedings in which damages will be sought from the Minister arising from deaths and injuries due to the actions of senior SAPS member Christiaan Prinsloo and David Naidoo who coordinated the sale of guns to gangs.

Says Adèle Kirsten, GFSA’s Director “As the virus of gun violence spreads, it’s […]

302, 2023

STATEMENT: Government must act decisively to prevent gun massacres

3 February 2023|Media Releases|

3 February 2023: The latest gun massacres in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will not be the last if government again makes empty promises of action.

These same promises were made in July last year when 21 people were shot and killed and 20 injured in 3 separate shootings at taverns in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Government responded by deploying Crime Intelligence, […]

2710, 2022
  • #GunsOutOfHand

Guns are out of hand

27 October 2022|Media Releases|

Gun violence comes from many sides: murder, mischance, mistakes… but every shooting is avoidable – if there was no gun at all. With support from the Commonwealth Foundation, GFSA launched the #GunsoutofHand campaign during Global Disarmament Week 2022 (24-30 October), to tell the stories of ordinary South Africans whose lives have been instantly shattered by a gun.

“By showing […]