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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

2016-02-15: Guns and smoke as Cavendish jeweller robbed

  • February 2017
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Police are investigating a business robbery after four armed men robbed Trigg Jewellers in Cavendish Square on Sunday morning. The same jewellery shop was robbed about five months ago. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said Sunday’s robbery took place at around 11.30am. “The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of jewellery. No one has been arrested at this stage.” Van Wyk said police were still searching for the men. Witnesses said at least two armed men barged into the shop and demanded all customers to lie on the floor. A woman, who works at a shop close to Trigg Jewellers, said they only realised something was wrong when the smoke detector went off. The woman, who declined to be named, added: “Immediately after the smoke went out we saw four armed men running out of the store. We shut our doors as an emergency measure.” The robbers fired several shots as they left the store and made an escape. Panicked shoppers ducked for cover as shots rang out. The suspects escaped in a Nissan Micra. The Gauteng

2014-03-24: Shopkeeper shot dead in front of his wife

  • February 2017
  • Posted By GunFreeSA
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A businessman has been gunned down by four robbers who were angry because he did not have money in the shop. Sharfoodien Bray, 30, was killed in front of his shocked wife, who said the robbers shot her unarmed husband four times in the back.

2016-03-22: Joburg gun trainer barred following fraudulent certificate sting

  • February 2017
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A Johannesburg firearms trainer, who was caught on camera selling a training certificate to an undercover journalist, has been found guilty on three separate charges by the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) on Tuesday. A training certificate is a key document used to apply for a license to possess a firearm. Andre van Tonder, who was filmed at his Skopos Firearm Academy in Johannesburg, was charged with selling certificates and statements of results with no training or assessments having been done, fraudulently uploading of learner achievement to the PFTC learner management system and breach of the PFTC code of conduct. Van Tonder was the Secretary of the PFTC board. National PFTC spokesperson Andre Pretorius said that a committee had found Van Tonder guilty on all three charges. According to the charge sheet, a copy of which is in the possession of News24, Van Tonder "is to be permanently removed from the board and will never be eligible to hold any position within the PFTC ever again. "As an Accredited Training Provider Skopos is to be expelled from the PFTC [de-accredited]. This means de-accredited from the PFTC and the SAPS. "As Moderator, Assessor and Instructor Mr JA Van Tonder is expelled from the PFTC. He is to be de-registered from the PFTC DMS."

2016-02-10: Prison time for toy gun robbers

  • February 2017
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Two suspects were sentenced to eight years by the Wepener Regional Court on Thursday (04/02) for robbing a shop with a toy gun and slashing a 21-year-old shopkeeper with a panga in June 2015. The two accused, Chobokoane Lehlohonolo (20) and Ramapulane Thapelo (21), were found guilty of pointing a firearm and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH). According to Sgt. Yanga Ngcukana, police spokesperson, the incident took place on 23 June 2015. The duo entered the shop and pointed the “firearm” at the shopkeeper’s head. However, the victim managed to grab the gunman’s hand and the gun fell to the floor. The second accused pulled out a panga and slashed the victim across his shoulders. The robbers fled the scene on foot with R800. The two were arrested by an off-duty police officer together with the community just 30 minutes after they had committed the crime. The money, the toy gun and the panga that were used in the crime were confiscated. Capt. Justice Pitso applauded the police member for being alert and on duty

2016-02-10: Carjack in front of Kingsway Hospital

  • February 2017
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A case of carjacking is being investigated by Amanzimtoti SAPS following an incident that occurred opposite Kingsway Hospital on Friday at 7.20pm. Reportedly three unknown black males approached the victim in a red Hyundai Cherry i10. “The victim was parked at the bus stop opposite the hospital waiting for his girlfriend to knock off duty when he was approached by the suspects,” Amanzimtoti SAPS Captain Charlene van der Spuy reported. She said according to an eyewitness, the suspects were on foot. They approached the vehicle and allegedly pulled the driver out of the vehicle. The victim was then assaulted by all three suspects and a gunshot went off. “It unclear at this stage in whose possession the firearm was at the time of incident. The suspects then jumped into the vehicle and sped off. The victim was stabilised by the paramedics and taken to hospital for further treatment,” Van der Spuy said. “The victim sustained bruises to the face and gunshot wound to front of right thigh. He was in shock and could not give a statement at the time,”

2016-02-12 Home invaders strike, firearms stolen after robbers force owner to open safe

  • February 2017
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A man and his son were lucky to emerge from a home invasion unscathed after armed men forced their way into their Westville home on Tuesday. Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson said three armed men entered the property and initially tried to force open the front door of their Roberts Place home just after 05:00. “The resident saw one of the robbers at the front door and ran to his bedroom to hide. The bedroom windows were open and the other two gang members, who were standing outside, pointed a firearm through the window and ordered the resident to open up,” Jackson said. “He complied and the men fled in his vehicle with jewellery, cellphones, firearms and laptops.” Jackson advised residents to ensure that outside security systems such as electric fences and beams remained armed in the early morning. This is a prime time for housebreakings. “If you do find yourself confronted by an intruder, it is vital to remain calm and to not look directly at the suspects. “It is safer to comply with their requests quickly, and

2016-02-12: Paramedics, patient flee on foot after being robbed

  • February 2017
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Two paramedics and a patient were forced to flee on foot after they were robbed at gunpoint in Hurst Hill, Johannesburg on Friday morning.  The team had responded to a call at around 04:00 and were attacked as they attended to a patient, said EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.  “While the crews were busy treating the patient in… the ambulance, five armed man came from nowhere, pointed the firearm at the driver and demanded his wallet. He handed the wallet to them and managed to run for his life,” said Mulaudzi. His partner at the back of the ambulance heard the commotion, grabbed the patient and both of them ran down the main road where the flagged down a taxi. The taxi driver took them to the nearest police station. The police went back to the scene and recovered the ambulance. They found that the only other thing taken from the vehicle was a two-way radio.  The paramedics were receiving counselling. Mulaudzi said he could not disclose what the patient the paramedics were attending to was suffering from. The latest incident

2016-02-11: KZN taxi task team nabs 3 hitmen

  • February 2017
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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Taxi Task Team has arrested three men wanted for taxi-related murders in the province, police said on Thursday. Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that two suspects were nabbed in the Nyoni area, north of Durban, for the shooting of taxi owner Sizwe Khumalo, 31. He was shot dead at KwaMathonsi bus stop in iSithebe near Mandeni on March 27, 2015. Zwane said a case of murder had been opened at Nyoni Police Station and the docket was transferred to the Provincial Taxi Task Team for further investigation. “On 9 February 2016, members followed-up on information that led them to Nyoni area where they arrested two suspects both aged 32.”One of the suspects was also wanted for a warrant of arrest that was issued against him after he failed to appear in court for possession of an unlicensed firearm. “The second suspect was arrested because his licensed firearm, which was seized during the incident, was positively linked to the murder case.” Both suspects appeared in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were remanded in custody until