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Media statements and media coverage related to gun control and gun violence in South Africa.

News and Updates2021-09-17T13:16:06+02:00
1402, 2021

BRIEFING 1 of 2021: The firearms amnesty has ended, does SAPS know where the guns are?

14 Feb 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

Three days before the 2020-21 national firearms amnesty ended, the SAPS reported that just 40,729 firearms had been handed in, either for destruction or by gun owners with expired licences applying for new licences. Assuming that all the firearms handed in had expired licences, this is only 9% of the 450,000+ firearms which the Supreme Court of Appeal estimated were […]

2601, 2021

STATEMENT: National Firearms Amnesty ends 31 January – Police and gun owners failure to act risks safety of SA

26 Jan 2021|Media Releases|

The safety of all who live in South Africa will continue to be at risk of gun violence because neither the police nor gun owners have acted expediently on the national firearms amnesty, which ends on 31 January. The police have done very little to publicise and encourage the public to take advantage of the 6-month amnesty, which started on […]

2511, 2020

STATEMENT: Call for release of Marikana Panel of Experts report

25 Nov 2020|Media Releases|

More than 20 civil society organisations fighting for social justice, supported by the Marikana Commission Chairperson Judge Ian Farlam, state that meaningful engagement with the new draft SAPS Bill is being undermined due to the 2018 report of the Panel of Experts on Policing being kept secret. The organisations and individuals note with serious concern that, almost two and a […]

2511, 2020

BRIEFING 3 of 2020: QUICK FACTS – Guns and violence in SA

25 Nov 2020|Gun Policy Briefs|

The Covid 19 pandemic has made 2020 a year of numbers as we track the number of new infections, hospitalisations, deaths, recoveries.

As such, it seems apt that our third and final Briefing of 2020 is also filled with numbers – quick facts and stats on guns and violence in South Africa.

To reduce gun violence, we need to reduce the easy […]

710, 2020

BRIEFING 2 of 2020: Implications of Supreme Court of Appeal judgement upholding firearm licence renewals

7 Oct 2020|Gun Policy Briefs|

On 23 July 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside an egregious interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court which disabled South Africa’s firearm licence renewals and termination system. In its ruling the SCA affirmed that gun ownership is not a fundamental right under SA’s Bill of Rights, but a privilege regulated by the Firearms Control Act; […]

2909, 2020

STATEMENT: Stop tinkering: Arrest crooked cops involved in gun-licensing fraud and conduct forensic audit on Central Firearms Registry

29 Sep 2020|Media Releases|

For the past 10 years the police and the Minister have kicked the fraud and corruption can in the firearms control system down the road. The murder of Charl Kinnear has to be the line in the sand, when we as a country say enough is enough. Gun Free SA calls on the Presidency to urgently put in place the […]

3107, 2020

STATEMENT: 2019-20 crime stats – Guns leading cause murder, reducing gun availability key to curing violent crime epidemic

31 Jul 2020|Media Releases|

The latest national crime statistics show that murder rates have again increased with almost half of all murders for which the weapon is known being from gunshots: 45% of murders were firearm-related, followed by knife wounds at 28%. This is scandalous. Guns, unlike knives, are controlled by laws, regulations and protocols. But poor implementation as a result of weak enforcement […]

2407, 2020

STATEMENT: SCA upholds international principle of regular gun licence renewals

24 Jul 2020|Media Releases|

Supreme Court of Appeal: Gun Free SA welcomes the hard hitting judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal that overturns an urgent interim interdict issued by Judge Bill Prinsloo in the Pretoria High Court in July 2018, which stopped the SAPS from enforcing various provisions of the Firearms Control Act (FCA). The interdict was a serious blow to gun control […]

807, 2020

STATEMENT: Welcome destruction of 30,000 illegal guns on eve of global gun destruction day

8 Jul 2020|Media Releases|

Gun Free SA welcomes the destruction of over 30,000 illegal firearms by the police on the eve of International Small Arms Destruction Day. Every day we hear about the destruction caused by firearms. SAPS’ destruction of 30,000+ illegal firearms means these guns can no longer cause harm. The destruction of 30,913 handguns, 1,452 rifles, 894 shotguns […]

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