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South Africa

South African Police Destroy 23,000 Illegal Firearms [ES]

29 October 2016

Prensa Latina (Havana)

[Translated summary: Around 23,000 seized, illegal firearms have been destroyed by South African police. It is estimated that 9,200 of these guns were related to crime. Each day, an average of 18 people die by gunshot in South Africa. The minimum age to own a firearm is 21. The number of guns per person is limited and a firearm licence must be periodically renewed.] Pretoria -- Unas 23 mil armas de fuego ilegales confiscadas por la Policía sudafricana fueron... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Police Seized 250 Guns During a Single Raid in Cape Town

28 October 2016

IOL (South Africa)

Tshwane - The South African Police Service on Friday seized over 250 firearms, ammunition and an undisclosed amount of money at a premises in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said. Addressing media in Pretoria on Friday evening, Phahlane said crime scene experts were still at the area, and processing the seized items. "We would like to congratulate the Western Cape police who, during an intelligence-led... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South Africa Police Destroy Another 23,000 Firearms [FR]

21 October 2016

La Revue de l'Afrique

[Translated summary: South African police have destroyed 22,999 firearms, most of them seized from criminals. 3,156 were police guns that were no longer operational. Among them were revolvers, pistols, hunting rifles and assault rifles. Police are sure that destruction will contribute to the security of the country, which sees an average of 16 gun deaths each day.] La police sud-africaine a conduit hier une opération médiatisée de destruction massive d'armes à feu.... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Cape Town Cuts Gun Violence With High-tech ShotSpotter [FR]

7 October 2016

Agence Ecofin (Switzerland)

[Translated summary: A total of 71 firearm incidents have been registered in Cape Town in September, while 128 were registered in August and 211 in July. The reduction is due to the implementation of ShotSpotter, a high-tech acoustic detection system which allows police to arrive quickly at the scene of a shooting.] La semaine dernière, la ville sud-africaine de Cape Town a dressé un premier bilan de son utilisation du système numérique ShotSpotter, dans sa lutte... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South African Police Seized 85 Guns in Anti-Gang Campaign

28 September 2016

Herald Live (South Africa)

A massive police bust has netted 29 suspected gangsters – among them alleged gang bosses – and more than R1-million worth of drugs The two-day operation saw a series of raids on drug hotspots across Port Elizabeth and other towns. It involved 250 police officials and 26 K9 unit members and was part of the anti-gang campaign Operation Lockdown, which has been in full swing since March. Police top brass hailed the operation yesterday as a success. They also... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador,South Africa,Nigeria,India,United States,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Brazil

World is Far Less Violent: Global Murders Halving in a Decade

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South Africa Police Seize Firearms and Ammunition

18 July 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police has lauded the renewed focus on illegal guns by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), and believes such is necessary and should be supported. Committee Chairperson, Mr Francois Beukman, said the recent operations by the Hawks in Morningside in Durban, Vanderbijlpark and Dawn Park where they seized illegal guns and arrested suspects is critical in ensuring that illegal firearms are removed from the streets. "The DPCI... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South Africa Far-Right Leader Arrested for Gun Possession

15 July 2016

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks have arrested the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) in the Vaal for possession of firearms and ammunition. The 48-year-old was arrested at a house in Vereeniging, where he was found with eight unlicensed firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of different calibre ammunition. Yesterday, another member of the party was arrested in Vanderbijlpark, in possession of nine rifles and three pistols. The two will appear in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Tighter Gun Laws Worked in South Africa, Says 17-year Study

27 June 2016

Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

Fewer people are being shot dead in South Africa thanks to stricter gun legislation, according to a 17-year study drawing on mortuary data. SA Medical Council researcher Richard Matzopoulos, writing in this month's edition of SA Medical Journal, said this is proof that gun control works. The gun-related deaths dropped from about 9540 a year between 1997 and 2000 to 3793 around 2007, a decrease of more than 60%. This coincided with the gradual implementation of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,South Africa

Gun Ownership, Gun Death: South Africa v Rest of the World

21 June 2016

Business Tech (South Africa)

Data from the United Nations and the Small Arms Survey shows how South Africa's gun ownership and gun deaths compare to other countries across the world. Gun violence has again been thrust into the global spotlight following a widely publicised mass shooting in Orlando, Florida in the USA. The mass shooting has been described as the worst of its kind in US history – and is just the latest in what has sadly become a common recurrence in the world's leading... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Tech (South Africa)

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Saudi Arabia,North Korea,Iran,South Africa,Netherlands,United Kingdom,Germany,Italy,United States,United Arab Emirates

Gun Trade Still Growing at Expense of Development - Study

8 June 2016

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS - A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce illicit arms trade flows by 2030. "The Sustainable Development Agenda puts a clear emphasis on arms as one of the elements that will need to be taken into account for... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Police to Declare Progress on Gun Registration in South Africa

19 May 2016

Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

The Portfolio Committee on Police will tomorrow (20 May 2016) receive a status report on the interventions the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has employed towards improving its processes. In the recent past, the CFR has been criticised for its sluggishness in processing firearm licenses and renewals. In trying to ensure efficiency within the CFR, the Committee demanded a turnaround strategy and quarterly reports on the implementation of the strategy. The meeting will... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

114 Rounds of Ammunition, 37 Guns Seized in South Africa

10 May 2016

East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

Gun Free South Africa has welcomed a seven-day police operation in KZN in which 37 firearms and 114 rounds of ammunition were seized. The organisation's Adele Kirsten says more intelligence driven operations, covering a greater number of areas, need to be carried out to remove illegal guns from the streets. Kirsten says such operations also give them data on criminal activity and firearms, saying the majority of the weapons seized were handguns. She says this could... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Israel,Switzerland,Japan,Australia,United Kingdom,Sweden,United States

Americans Face Extreme Difficulty Exporting Their Guns

27 April 2016

Wall Street Journal, Blog

When American Tom Heberlein tried to import his firearms to Sweden, he got as far as his transfer in the U.K. before it started to become complicated. There, despite having the correct paperwork, a U.K. customs official said: "You can't have these guns." And thus began Mr. Heberlein's global gun education. Although Mr. Heberlein did, after a lot of negotiation, finally get his guns through U.K. customs and in to Sweden, the entire experience created a hassle he hadn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Gun Trainer Sold False Firearm Certificates in South Africa

22 March 2016

News24 (Cape Town)

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... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South African Women Most Likely to Be Shot by a Partner

7 March 2016

ISS Africa

Tomorrow is International Women's Day. Observed annually on 8 March, it is a time to not only reflect on progress made by women, but also a call to action for increasing the global momentum towards gender equality. The prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the clearest markers of continued inequality between men and women in any society. South Africa has particularly high levels of SGBV for a country not involved in conflict. Between 29% and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Brazil,Australia,United States

Gun Control: What Works and What Doesn't

7 March 2016

Washington Post, Blog

Gun control works, but you have to be smart about it. That's the takeaway from a major new analysis out this month in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. Columbia University's Julian Santaella-Tenorio and a team of researchers pored over the results of 130 studies on gun control legislation passed in 10 different countries to find out which policy interventions worked, which ones didn't and on what issues the jury was still out. Big caveat up front: Sussing out cause... (GunPolicy.org)

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Djibouti,Rwanda,Kenya,South Africa,Libya,Algeria,Botswana,United States

7 African Nations More Effective at Gun Control than the US

11 January 2016

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

In a BBC interview last July, US President Barack Obama admitted that failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" in the US has been the greatest frustration of his presidency. Since he took office in 2008, there have been repeated mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson Arizona shooting in which Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of Congress and 18 others were shot in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died that day. Another shooting was at Emanuel African... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland,Germany,Finland,Norway,Israel,United States,South Africa,China,Russia,United Kingdom,Australia,Mexico,Canada,Argentina

Three European Countries Lead US in Mass Shootings: WSJ

3 October 2015

Wall Street Journal

The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college last week is reigniting calls for tighter gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. President Barack Obama asked why Americans can't follow the example of the U.K. and Australia. They crafted laws that "almost eliminate mass shootings," he said. "We know there are ways to prevent it." Adam Lankford, an associate professor at the University of Alabama... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Strengthening Gun Laws Can Make South Africa Safer

29 September 2015

ISS Africa

Hlupha was eight when he got his first gun and his neighbour taught him to commit crime. His first robbery was of the post office in the small town where he lived. When Hlupha was 16, he shot a boy at school for flirting with his girlfriend. He committed many more crimes over a number of years until he was arrested and convicted for kidnapping, robbery and assault. When we met him he was in prison. Velabahleke was 10 when he stole his first gun. He found his second gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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