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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 […]

612, 2021

16 Days of Activism: Disarm gender-based violence

6 Dec 2021|Media Releases|

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Despite three decades of ardent campaigns to end gender-based violence (GBV), hundreds of millions of women and girls continue to be abused, deprived of their human rights and […]

2611, 2021

STATEMENT: Delaying Firearms Control Amendment Bill is right thing to do

26 Nov 2021|Media Releases|

GFSA welcomes yesterday’s decision by the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police to delay tabling amendments to the Firearms Control Act.

Says Adèle Kirsten, GFSA’s Director, “Yesterday’s decision is not a sign that parliament is opposed to strengthening the Firearms Control Act. Instead it ensures that the best possible version of the Bill comes to parliament, and was the right thing to […]

1711, 2021

STATEMENT: Response to video of armed man shot in head by cop at hotel

17 Nov 2021|Media Releases|

During the recent public debate on proposed amendments to the Firearms Control Act, a
common theme was how effective guns are for self-defence. Despite the evidence that guns are not the
solution, and rather pose a risk for injury and death, the myth persisted through anecdotal evidence. This
terrible incident, leaving all the people involved traumatised, and one man fighting for his life, […]

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 […]

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