Our Work

Who we are

GFSA is a national NGO committed to reducing gun violence through public policy advocacy, education and awareness raising, and community mobilisation. For over 20 years:

  • We’ve worked to strengthen gun control policy and programming and the enforcement thereof through lobbying and advocacy;
  • Our media outreach has specifically focused on highlighting the risks of guns in the home for women and how to use the law to save a life;
  • and Our community safety interventions engage and support youth networks to both establish gun free zones and build capacity to amplify young voices working towards safer communities.

Our Partnerships

Alex FM
Children's Radio
Institute for Security Studies
Black Girl Fat Girl
Sonke Gender Justice
Women's Legal Centre

Significant victories

Reduction in gun deaths
Reducing gun deaths from 34 a day in 1998 to 18 a day in 2009: GFSA played a key role in establishing the Gun Control Alliance, which lobbied for stricter gun laws; the Firearms Control Act was passed in 2000.

Constitutional court ruling
On 7 June 2018 the Constitutional Court ruled that SA’s Firearms Control Act is in line with global and regional good practice in requiring firearm owners to regularly renew their firearm licence: GFSA admitted as amicus curiae in the matter.

Youth mobilisation against gun violence 
Working with young people to build safer communities: Alexandra youth mobilise in schools and on the streets for activities to create gun free zones and petition local police to proactively prevent gun violence in Alex.


Mary Ann Nobele - Youth Reporter Alex FM

"Working with Gun Free S.A has been a challenging and amazing experience. I love that it's the first time I'm working with an organisation that focuses on different aspects of youth development such as learning to plan and how things operate in a real working environment."

Latest News

9 July 2019: 11 people were shot and killed in Philippi East on the Cape Flats this past weekend. The guns used were most likely once legal before they were lost or stolen.


Wednesday 17 April 2019: Gun Free South Africa welcomes today’s destruction by the police of 30,000 seized and surrendered firearms. The last such destruction took place on 27 October


Government issued a Gazette on 6th March 2019 noting their intention to destroy all surrendered weapons on 28th March 2019 and inviting comment. View the submission by Gun Free South Africa on

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