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News and Updates2021-09-17T13:16:06+02:00
2710, 2022
  • #GunsOutOfHand

Guns are out of hand

27 Oct 2022|Media Releases|

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

“By showing the irreparable and irreversible impact guns out […]

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.

2906, 2022

NEWSLETTER: June 2022 – Human rights, self-defence and public safety

29 Jun 2022|In the News|

Welcome to GFSA’s June 2022 newsletter, contents include:

  • Guns and human rights: in conversation with Jeremy Vearey
  • Changing pattern of gun violence: more multiple shootings, more multiple shots, more women killed in public spaces
  • The burden of gun violence on SA’s health system
  • Protecting our youth
  • New SA research highlights risk of guns for self-defence
  • Gun violence is preventable

GFSAJune2022 […]

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 […]
803, 2022

STATEMENT: Latest SA femicide study highlights gun control integral to saving women’s lives

8 Mar 2022|Media Releases|

8 March 2022: The third national femicide study released by the SA Medical Research Council (MRC) to mark International Women’s Day shows the importance of gun control in protecting women and girls aged 14+.

Says Adèle Kirsten, Director of GFSA, “The latest MRC study is good news. It shows we have halved femicide in South Africa over the past 18 years. […]

2612, 2021
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu

STATEMENT: RIP Gun Free SA Patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

26 Dec 2021|Media Releases|

“Real peace never comes from the barrel of a gun”
Gun Free SA Patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021

26 December 2021: It is with great regard and sadness that Gun Free South Africa marks the passing of our beloved patron, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

The Arch, who himself admitted that he couldn’t, and wouldn’t shut up in […]

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 […]

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