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Gun Free South Africa’s response to the killing of Mandla Hlatshwayo

  • May 2017
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TIME TO STOP EVERYDAY GUN VIOLENCE. Gun Free South Africa’s response to the killing of Mandla Hlatshwayo. Gun Free South Africa welcomes the statements from the Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula highlighting the importance of using the Firearms Control Act to remove guns and save lives. While the Minister’s words are welcomed, GFSA urges the minister to act with urgency. The sad death of Mandla Hlatshwayo, who was shot and killed in an armed robbery is another life snuffed out because of gun violence. He is one of 16 people killed that day because their murderers had access to a gun. Enough is enough. The Minister of Police has the power to implement change and directly limit access to firearms and save lives by doing the following: 1: Bring an amendment to parliament to strengthen the Firearms Control Act 2 Enforcement of the Firearms Control Act 3: Implement a no questions asked Firearms Amnesty 4: Implement intelligence-driven operations to recover and remove illegal guns Change will only be activated if the above is taken on as a multi-pronged approach and

Gun Free South Africa has been admitted as Amicus

  • April 2017
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Gun Free South Africa has been admitted as Amicus (Friend of the Court) in the matter between the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (the applicant) and the Minister of Safety and Security (the respondent). The case will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April 2017. The applicant (the SA Hunters) seeks an order declaring sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act (FCA) unconstitutional. Section 24 deals with the renewal of firearms licences: any person who wants to renew a licence must make his or her application at least 90 days before the expiry date of the licence. Section 28 concerns the terminations of firearm licences and states: that if a firearm licence has been cancelled, the firearm must be disposed of through a dealer within 60 days, otherwise it must be forfeited to the State. GFSA’s intervention as Friend of the Court is to assist the court in determining whether or not sections 24 and 28 of the FCA are unconstitutional. GFSA argues that these two sections are

2017-02-03: Soldier hands himself over after Durban shooting spree – police

  • February 2017
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A soldier who allegedly went on a shooting spree in Durban earlier this week, killing one person and injuring another three, has handed himself over, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday. He arrived at the Inanda police station around 19:00 on Thursday, accompanied by his lawyer and military police, Brigadier Jay Naicker said. The firearm used in the shooting was confiscated. The man would face charges of murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping when he appeared in court on Monday. The man allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend’s sister and wounded two other people, including a police officer, in Ntuzuma, the SA National Defence Force said in a statement on Tuesday. The soldier, based in Upington, Northern Cape, used an R4 assault rifle. The dispute was allegedly over a domestic issue. Full story

2016-09-01: Woman collapses, dies after man is shot dead at Mbombela shopping mall

  • February 2017
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A woman collapsed and died after a man was shot dead, allegedly by a loan shark, in the Mbombela CBD on Thursday morning. Shoppers were shocked when the woman, who was thought to be between the ages of 26 and 30, collapsed following a shootout between a man and a loan shark in Mbombela’s Promenade shopping mall. “We can confirm that there are two scenes at the Promenade: A woman has collapsed not far from the shootout scene and confirmed dead after a man was shot by another man in the same area,” said provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe. Sedibe said they could not confirm yet if the deceased was related to the man who was shot. An eyewitness, Thobile Mandlazi, said the deceased, who was shot, and another man were exchanging words about money. The shooter had allegedly demanded money from the victim. “The misunderstanding went to another level and they started fighting and before we knew it, gunshots were heard at the scene. “The deceased was then heard screaming before she collapsed,” said Mandlazi. Full Story

2016-09-02: Joburg man found with stolen firearm

  • February 2017
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Police in Johannesburg arrested a 34-year-old man in the CBD after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Johannesburg police’s Captain Xoli Mbele said community patrollers assisted the Johannesburg Central Police in the capture of the man at the corner of Goud and Jeppe Streets at around 6:30 on Friday morning. ccording to police, the community patrollers were on duty in the neighbourhood when they spotted three suspicious-looking men at the corner of Bree and Troy streets. The patrollers alerted police and followed the suspects as they fled, but one was arrested by police who had arrived on the scene. A check of the weapon’s serial number showed that it had been taken from a 54-year-old man during a robbery reported to the Johannesburg Central police station on July 13. The suspect is due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court. Full Story

2016-08-12: The school where it’s about who is killing who

  • February 2017
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Angry parents of children at Bulumko High School locked the school gates on Thursday after a series of gang incidents. Pupils were unable to get to their classes at the Khayelitsha school after the gates were shut by parents who demanded something be done to rid the school of gangs. Fundiswa Sigenu, mother of a grade 10 pupil, said her daughter had come home in shock on Wednesday after gangs invaded the school. “My child couldn’t speak, she was wailing. She later told me that pupils who live in Town Two were fighting with those who live in J section. The fight had spilled to the schools and teachers ran to the staff room and locked themselves there. Shortly after the incident, around lunchtime on Wednesday, parents forced the school to close. Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for MEC for Education Debbie Schafer, said the department was aware of a stabbing outside the school last Friday. “Contact was made with the principal (yesterday). He reported that the school was locked and the parents were outside. As a safety precaution, learners were sent home. The principal opened the gate

2016-09-30: Dolphin found shot dead in Nelson Mandela Bay

  • February 2017
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Researchers from the Bayworld Oceanarium in Nelson Mandela Bay have determined that a female bottlenose dolphin found stranded on Maitland Beach on Wednesday was shot. The adult female was in a healthy condition and was lactating, which indicates that she most likely had a calf at the time of her death. The dolphin’s carcass was retrieved from Maitland Beach on Wednesday by Bayworld and a necropsy was done on Thursday by Ms Isabelle Callealta, who is currently working on her PhD comparing the health of bottlenose and humpback dolphins. “During today’s necropsy and health assessment, we recovered a single bullet. The bullet penetrated both lungs and was found lodged against a rib bone,” said Callealta. Full Story

2016-08-18: Chaos, gunshots and terror in N1 traffic rush

  • February 2017
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A Johannesburg motorist who was caught up in a shootout on the N1 north on Thursday afternoon has described frightening scenes with cars screeching to a halt over the deafening sound of bullets being fired. On Thursday evening, Police were still combing the crime scene between the Rivonia Road and Buccleuch interchanges where officers and alleged robbers exchanged gunfire. Two of the suspects were wounded and are in a critical condition in hospital. Two firearms were recovered. Full Story

2016-10-11: Seapoint High rocked by triple tragedy

  • February 2017
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A triple tragedy has left Sea Point High School teachers and pupils reeling after three youths linked to the school were killed in four days. On Monday, the school body gathered with friends and family to pay tribute to the three lives that were brutally ended in three incidents this month. Grade 10 pupil Tsholofelo Goitsimang Leburu was stabbed to death in Nyanga while defending her aunt from an attacker. Siphelele Manona, who matriculated from the school last year, was stabbed to death in Gugulethu where he lived and worked as a photographer for an automotive company. And Ashwin Robertson was shot and killed while sitting in his car. Robertson did not attend Sea Point High, but his father is a staff member at the school. “I am at a loss to describe the immense grief we are all feeling,” said principal Piet Botha. Full Story “Three people very close to our hearts lost their lives in such a shocking and violent way. “These deaths have a huge impact on all of us. It is as if we have lost members of our own