Gun Free South Africa Toolkit

This toolkit has been designed for young South Africans aged 18–25. It offers a set of modules that give an overview of the issue of gun violence in South Africa, as well as ways in which all community members, in particular youth, can prevent and reduce gun violence and create safer communities — from the highest level of influencing policy to community level, including local activism and civic engagement.

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Accessible info, including infographics and links to resources, on how small arms and light weapons are diverted from legal to illegal markets globally and in Africa
Research report undertaken for IM Sweden and Humanium Metal as part of a 4 country study: Voices of Women: On guns, violence and activism, available at
A timeline summarising gun control in South Africa over 25 years
A booklet summarising the comprehensive report documenting the history and impact of gun control in South Africa over 25 years which shows that while gun control saves lives, poor enforcement kills
Every illegal gun was once legal before it was leaked from the legal to illegal market through fraud & corruption, loss & theft, or trafficking
Summarises Cape Town research showing the power of the Firearms Control Act to save lives from gun violence, and the impact of poor enforcement - an additional 1,002 Cape Flats residents were shot and killed between 2007 and 2013
Small Arms Survey publication on gun free zones in three South African communities - Fothane, Diepkloof and Khayelitsha

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Gun violence in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions: Nationally, guns have overtaken knives as the weapon most used in murders , while in Gauteng more people are shot and killed than


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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...

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