In the Media

Monday, 29 March 2021 09:18

STATEMENT: Protecting the right to peaceful protest and public safety

Gun Free SA welcomes the release by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele of the Panel of Experts Report on Policing and Crowd Management, noting that the release of the Report comes at a time of low public trust in the police, in particular the way in which the police have abused their authority and misused the less-lethal weapons at their disposal when managing crowds and protest action, sometimes resulting in serious injury and death. This Report is therefore very relevant and can provide clear guidance on developing a more effective and responsive policing agency.
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:32

STATEMENT: National Firearms Amnesty ends 31 January - Police and gun owners failure to act risks safety of SA

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 on 31 January. The police have done very little to publicise and encourage the public to take advantage of the 6-month amnesty, which started on 1 August 2020. At the same time, thousands of gun owners have failed to show that they are responsible, with just 5% of the 450,000+ firearms for which licences have expired and which are now illegally held having been handed in to the police, either for destruction or while applying for a new licence. The Supreme Court of Appeal has warned that “there is a real risk that some or many of these firearms, which are now illegally in the possession of their owners, may be stolen or lost and end up in the hands of criminals who may injure or kill others.”
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:29

STATEMENT: Call for release of Marikana Panel of Experts report

More than 20 civil society organisations fighting for social justice, supported by the Marikana Commission Chairperson Judge Ian Farlam, state that meaningful engagement with the new draft SAPS Bill is being undermined due to the 2018 report of the Panel of Experts on Policing being kept secret. The organisations and individuals note with serious concern that, almost two and a half years after it was finalised and handed to the Minister of Police, the final report of the Marikana panel of experts has not been released. The release of the report, which was scheduled to take place at the Portfolio Committee on Police meeting on the 25th of November, has now been postponed indefinitely.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:59

STATEMENT: Stop tinkering: Arrest crooked cops involved in gun-licensing fraud and conduct forensic audit on Central Firearms Registry

For the past 10 years the police and the Minister have kicked the fraud and corruption can in the firearms control system down the road. The murder of Charl Kinnear has to be the line in the sand, when we as a country say enough is enough. Gun Free SA calls on the Presidency to urgently put in place the mechanism to 1) conduct an independent forensic audit of all firearm licences, permits and authorisations issued by the CFR over the last five years and 2) systematicially review the entire firearms control system to identify operational and policy gaps to stop rampant and deadly corruption spanning over a decade. The office of the Auditor-General would be best placed to undertake this audit and review.

Friday, 31 July 2020 12:47

STATEMENT: 2019-20 crime stats - Guns leading cause murder, reducing gun availability key to curing violent crime epidemic

The latest national crime statistics show that murder rates have again increased with almost half of all murders for which the weapon is known being from gunshots: 45% of murders were firearm-related, followed by knife wounds at 28%. This is scandalous. Guns, unlike knives, are controlled by laws, regulations and protocols. But poor implementation as a result of weak enforcement and lack of compliance has facilitated the increasing availability of guns. And, as research globally and nationally has proven time and again, gun availability tracks gun violence.”

 

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Gun Free SA welcomes the release by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele of the Panel of Experts Report on Policing and Crowd Management, noting that the release of the Report comes at a time of low...

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...

More than 20 civil society organisations fighting for social justice, supported by the Marikana Commission Chairperson Judge Ian Farlam, state that meaningful engagement with the new draft SAPS

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