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South Africa

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

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)

Read More: IOL (South Africa)

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South Africa

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

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

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)

Read More: Herald Live (South Africa)

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

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)

Read More: Foreign Affairs (USA)

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South Africa

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

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)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

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South Africa

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)

Read More: Rand Daily Mail (South Africa)

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United States,South Africa

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

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

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)

Read More: Parliament of South Africa (Cape Town)

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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)

Read More: East Coast Radio (KwaZulu-Natal)

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

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

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)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

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South Africa

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

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)

Read More: Washington Post

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

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)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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

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

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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Brazil,South Africa

24 November 2014

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Brazil and South Africa have dramatically expanded their geopolitical influence over the past two decades. But after years of democratic and economic gains, the two countries now find themselves in the doldrums. One of the reasons for this is that they are addicted to violence. Brazil and South Africa lead their respective continents in murder. This is no easy feat: last year the United Nations reported that 8 of the top 10 most violent countries in the world were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Panama,Paraguay,Chile,Argentina,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Spain,South Africa,Italy,Germany,Czech Republic,Belgium,Europe,Honduras,El Salvador,Israel,Nicaragua,Russia,United States,Cuba,Caribbean,Central America,South America

13 October 2014

NACLA

Small arms and gun violence present the most dramatic threat to public safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of uncontrolled proliferation, at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons—that is, weapons operated by an individual or small group, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, and even man portable surface to air missiles—are circulating throughout the region.(1) Gunshots kill between 73,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

27 June 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Police have cracked a fake gun licensing racket – arresting three police members and three civilians, one of them alleged to be a senior leader of the 28s gang. National police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said on Thursday night that the racket involved fraud at every step of the process – "from the initial application to the firearm training facility involved, to the police stations where the applications are lodged and the head office... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

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South Africa

12 June 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), Opinion

When Oscar Pistorius first entered the courtroom where he stood accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the case raised great interest. It was followed online, on radio and even watched on TV, where it received a lot of coverage. While some see the spotlight put on gun ownership by the trial as nothing but the "negligent actions of but one famous public figure", recent headlines evidence that the problem is much deeper than that. Some of the headlines... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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South Africa

5 June 2014

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into the possible sale of firearms handed to police during an amnesty period is under way, the Hawks said on Wednesday. "There was nothing to investigate before until we came across new information and decided to follow it all up," spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said. The investigation would focus on Gauteng first. The probe followed the arrest of three people at a house in Norwood, Johannesburg, where police found more than 300 firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

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South Africa

23 May 2014

South Africa Government News Agency

PRETORIA — Police say they are following up on leads to track down one of South Africa's most wanted criminals who managed to escape when police raided a home in Norwood last night. Police raided the house following a community tip off and discovered more than 300 guns, ammunition and detonators, a machine used to manufacture ammunition, packaged dagga and explosives used for ATM bombings. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who visited the house last night,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

21 May 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

Durban - A KwaMashu pupil is being investigated for taking a firearm and 16 bullets to school a day after an argument with a teacher. The 15-year-old Grade 9 pupil was arrested at Sivananda High School on Friday and appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court on Monday. He was released into his parent's custody, but the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education does not want him back at school. Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said on Tuesday the police were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

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South Africa

16 May 2014

Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG - A gunman went on a shooting rampage on Friday in Mmabatho, North West Province, killing a local government official and wounding three others before turning the gun on himself, police said. A middle-aged man started shooting while outside a government building and reportedly entered the building and fired shots inside the offices of the Human Settlements Department (HSD) in the province, police Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said. "The man allegedly went to... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

6 May 2014

Independent (Dublin)

On the same day Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp, young mother Astheera Jagessar reported her boyfriend for holding a handgun to her forehead after she spoke to another man. It all started when an electrician arrived at her boyfriend's house when she was alone there. She wasn't sure why he turned up, so she called her partner and told him to come home. When he arrived back after having a few drinks, he was furious and jealous that Astheera was speaking to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

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South Africa

4 May 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

DURBAN - Security at the police ballistics testing centre in Amanzimtoti has been called into question following the theft of seven firearms, which was only discovered last week. The guns, some of which are the property of the Durban metro police, disappeared from the centre after a shooting in Lamontville. There are indications that police officers were involved in the theft as the weapons, which were confiscated for testing, had been signed out and have since... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

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Swaziland,South Africa,Zimbabwe

22 April 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe's homicide rate is among the lowest globally making it one of the world's most peaceful and safest places to live in. Even though Zimbabwe's figures were not captured in a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on global homicide rates, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, told The Herald they recorded between 30 and 45 murders per month countrywide. This gives an average of 420 murder cases per annum, which roughly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Best known as the director of the 2008 South African crime film Jerusalema and for his music video work with such top stars as Tony Braxton and Michael Jackson, Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on the global arms trade and the worship of guns in South African society. The work includes an extraordinary series of photographs showing men dressed in Day-Glo outfits toting wire-and-bead AK-47s, which are exhibited alongside the imitation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

38555

South Africa

17 March 2014

Wall Street Journal

PRETORIA, South Africa — A gun dealer told the South African court trying Oscar Pistorius on murder charges that the sports star knew the country's gun-safety laws and what is permissible in dealing with intruders, as prosecutors attempted to show that he was a trigger-happy man with an overzealous interest in firearms. Before the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, the model and aspiring television star Reeva Steenkamp, Mr. Pistorius bought an LM6 semiautomatic rifle,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

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South Africa

17 March 2014

Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

"Guns, ammo and shooting are as much a part of everyday life [in Pretoria] as a trip to the dentist," an Australian journalist recently reported. It's a narrative we've been hearing a lot of from our international colleagues lately. South Africa, the gun-mad land of fear, where citizens hole up with firearms to defend themselves against any threat. It's true for some. It's clearly true for the Pistorius family, with Beeld reporting last year that Oscar's father, three... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

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South Africa

17 March 2014

CBS News (USA)

PRETORIA, South Africa - Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after thinking he heard the noise of an intruder at his home, which turned out to be a washing machine, a South African gun expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Sean Rens also said Pistorius wanted to buy seven more guns in 2012 - to add to the 9 mm pistol he already owned for self-defense - and asked the firearm trainer to... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

13 March 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - At least 236 people have been fatally shot in the Western Cape so far this year. This means an average of three people are murdered with a firearm each day in the Western Cape. These figures are based on the number of bodies admitted to mortuaries. An average of 18 people are shot dead a day in the country, according to Gun Free SA's Adele Kirsten. While police say they are concerned about shootings and murders in the province, mayoral committee member for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

38458

South Africa

12 March 2014

Deutsche Welle, Video

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is on trial, charged with the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who died after being shot four times on Valentine's Day in 2013. The paralympic gold medalist is also charged with three firearms offenses. While Pistorius has admitted to killing Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on February 14, he has pleaded not guilty and claims he fired through the bathroom door after mistaking her for an intruder. The rate of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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South Africa

28 February 2014

BBC News, Video

Oscar Pistorius is due to go on trial on Monday for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. The case has raised questions for South Africans about safety, as the paralympian claims he shot Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. Andrew Harding reports from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United States,South Africa

18 February 2014

Health24 (Cape Town)

Guns are 85% more lethal than any other means used to commit suicide. Gun Free South Africa urges gun owners to be responsible during Teen Suicide Prevention Week (16-22 February 2014) and hand in their guns to the police for destruction. Gun Free South Africa's spokesperson, Adle Kirsten, "There are different ways to help prevent suicides, but one step is clear; reducing a suicidal person's access to a lethal weapon helps save lives." Just a week ago a double tragedy... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Health24 (Cape Town)

38380

Sierra Leone,Saudi Arabia,South Africa,Germany

15 February 2014

Turkish Weekly / Deutsche Welle / Voice of Russia (Moscow)

With Germany being one of the largest arms exporters, many of the resources are going to the countries where children are used as exploiters in the military. Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin states: "We were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets." Since he was a young boy, he was forced to become a soldier in his native country, Sierra Leone, where he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Turkish Weekly / Deutsche Welle / Voice of Russia (Moscow)

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South Africa

26 January 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

Police have uncovered a corrupt gun syndicate that has granted temporary firearm licences to 150 Chinese nationals in Durban. The Sunday Tribune has learnt that the Chinese businessmen have been able to buy the temporary licences for R30 000 from corrupt police officials, often with a turnaround time of a day. Sources close to the probe, who cannot be named as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said there were major discrepancies in the licence issuing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

38308

South Africa

18 January 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Teenage hitmen as young as 14 are terrorising the streets of Mitchells Plain, and while police battle to curb the rampant gun trade, the increasing use of homemade firearms threatens to further derail any chance of controlling gang violence. Mitchells Plain's worst areas, such as Beacon Valley, have at least one illegal gun on every street, according to police. Gangs are using the bravado of youths as a means to eliminate their rivals, sometimes with crude... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

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South Africa,United States

14 January 2014

Canoe (Québec)

Sean Penn is putting down his pistols. It's reported that a new relationship with South African actress Charlize Theron has prompted Sean Penn to surrender his weapons. Penn — who some of us cannot look at without immediately thinking of Yosemite Sam — has declared that he has changed his mind about keeping guns at home and will have them turned into art. According to E!, the diminutive thespian has 65 guns; one can only hope that's a typo. Penn famously fired on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canoe (Québec)

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South Africa

18 December 2013

South Africa Press Association

JOHANNESBURG — Nicolette du Randt has died after being shot by her ex-husband, the musician Zirk Bergh, last week, the office of North West premier Thandi Modise said on Wednesday. Du Randt died at the Garden City Clinic, in Johannesburg, on Monday, Modise's office said in a statement. Bergh also shot Du Randt's new husband Dr Charl du Randt and his 23-year-old social worker Deon Kondos before turning the gun on himself. Charl Du Randt, Bergh and Kondos died on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Africa Press Association

38197

South Africa

26 November 2013

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - The Police Ministry says the country's legal gun owners are responsible citizens despite several incidents of gun deaths. Recently Women, Children and Disabled Persons Minister Lulu Xingwana called for stricter enforcement of gun control laws. Xingwana went on to say Reeva Steenkamp would still be alive if Oscar Pistorius didn't own a gun. Pistorius will return to court in 2014 after killing Steenkamp in February. Police Ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

38127

South Africa

8 November 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

A man in a car stopped by police on Thursday in Malvern, Durban, was allegedly carrying a loaded gun hidden in a loaf of bread. Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the man was arrested and a case of possessing an unlicensed firearm was opened at the Malvern police station. Another man in the car was also arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Police allegedly found a knife concealed in his belt. The men were expected to appear on Friday in the Pinetown... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

38053

South Africa

30 October 2013

Washington Post / Associated Press

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Prosecutors accusing Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder will add two more charges believed to relate to firing guns in public to the indictment against him, apparently to show another side to the inspiring double-amputee Olympian: Reckless and trigger-happy. Pistorius now faces charges of murder, illegal possession of ammunition and two other counts of breaking South Africa's firearms laws in his trial in March. Pistorius' lawyers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / Associated Press

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South Africa

15 October 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Two high school pupils appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday after being caught with a gun and live ammunition on Friday. According to Kagiso police station commander Brigadier Sipho Ngubane, pupils at the Mosupatsela Secondary School reported to the deputy principal that Bongani Phapha, 19, and Joubert Tlou, 18, were in possession of a gun. The deputy principal called the police, and the gun, which had been hidden on the school... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37977

South Africa

10 October 2013

Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa will implement the Dangerous Weapons Act early next year, the Presidency announced on Wednesday. President Zuma has decided that the Dangerous Weapons Act will come into effect on Jan. 2, 2014, the Presidency said, adding that the act will seek to prohibit the possession of dangerous weapons, firearms or replicas or imitation firearms in public. Replicas will also be outlawed as in most cases people robbed by an armed group where only one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37963

South Africa,Zimbabwe

7 October 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

A 29-year-old South African was last week fined US$400 for smuggling a CZ Pistol loaded with 15 rounds into the country through Beitbridge border post. Bucks Ridwan Anwar of 5 Middleburg, Bonker Street, South Africa, employed by FTS Logistics as a transport manager, was convicted on his own plea of guilty when he appeared before the border town's magistrate Mr Innocent Bepura charged with smuggling. In the event that Anwar fails to pay the fine he risks imprisonment... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

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South Africa,United Kingdom,Japan,United States

6 October 2013

United Press International

NEW YORK - Using frequency of crime as an indicator of a citizenry's safety, U.S. researchers found more gun owners doesn't translate into less crime in developed nations. Dr. Sripal Bangalore of New York University's Langone Medical Center and Dr. Franz H. Messerli of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, examined data for 27 developed countries. The gun ownership data were obtained from the Small Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Press International

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Japan,United Kingdom,South Africa,United States

18 September 2013

Guardian (UK)

Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare. Their findings, published Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

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United Kingdom,Netherlands,Switzerland,Finland,South Africa,England & Wales,Japan,United States

18 September 2013

National Public Radio (USA), Blog

A study on guns, violence and mental health, long scheduled to be published this week, finds that gun ownership is a bigger factor than mental illness when it comes to firearms deaths. But the data suggest that both play roles. Earlier research has found that places with high rates of gun ownership have more firearms deaths, but critics of those findings say that it could be that people living in dangerous places are apt to buy firearms to protect themselves. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Public Radio (USA)

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South Africa

12 September 2013

Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

In her years of witnessing Cape Town's gang wars up close, primary school principal Brenda Manuel has witnessed an execution-style killing and lost a pupil in the crossfire. But the violence has never been this bad. "It's been going on for so long and it seems there's no end to what is happening," said Manuel, who has worked at Rio Grande Primary School in the city's notorious Manenberg region for 38 years. The latest episode in the turf war saw 16 schools... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arab News (Jeddah) / Agence France Presse

37890

South Africa

26 August 2013

BBC News

A seven-year-old South African girl has shot dead her friend, aged six, with her grandfather's revolver while playing at a farm, police say. A murder case has been opened after the dead girl, a daughter of a farm worker, was shot in the face, reports say. The alleged killer's grandfather has been charged with failure to safeguard a firearm, police added. South Africa has tight gun ownership regulations but many people still possess firearms. 'Great shock' The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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South Africa,South Sudan

26 August 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

The United Nations (UN) has enlisted the services of a South African partnership to establish a weapons marking and identification system in South Sudan. The marking and identification process is unique in Africa and was designed and developed in South Africa by a partnership of FACTT, a software development company, and Traceability Solutions, a hardware development and manufacturing organisation. "If ever there was a baptism by fire for our product, this is it,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bor Globe (USA)

37794

South Africa

30 July 2013

South African Police Service, Media release

VEREENIGING – Today, many South Africans will be safer. Many businesses have been spared from potential robberies. Many homes have been spared from potential break-ins AND schools have been spared from disruptions – all these as a result of removal in circulation of thousands of illegal firearms. This was a sentiment expressed by the police leadership and management during the destruction of illegal firearms at an event held at the Arcellor Mittal Steel Factory... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Police Service

37710

Syria,Sudan,South Africa,Kenya

20 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Saturday Star

JOHANNESBURG - A director of a Joburg gun shop was allegedly involved in importing military weapons for "special forces" and then selling them to countries in conflict. This emerged in a state affidavit placed before the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Friday. In the bail application of Gareth De Nysschen, a director at Dave Sheer Guns, the State indicated that the business had been investigated by military intelligence for two years. De Nysschen was arrested last week... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Saturday Star

37679

South Africa

19 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - A private investigator has come forward to say his company was also aware of investigations into Dave Sheer Guns, which have been continuing for a number of years. Chad Thomas, an independent organised crime investigator from IRS Forensic Investigations, said he had been aware of enquiries into employees of Dave Sheer Guns conducted by senior investigators. He said they were from several elite units, including Crimes Against the State, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37675

South Africa

19 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Three smiling faces stare back from the passenger seat. Silently, captured in a halo. Paul Nothnagel stared at them on Thursday. Then he opened fire. Two of them - Chane, 18, and Mischke, 14 - are dead. Their mother Linda, 43, is fighting for her life after her ex-husband ambushed her as she drove her girls to school on Thursday morning. Paul, 44, then killed himself. Abram Moraba bore witness to the tragic shooting. On Wednesday, Moraba was on his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37672

South Africa

16 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

JOHANNESBURG - Military police swooped on a security compound in Midrand on Monday, confiscating assault-rifle ammunition allegedly stolen from the army. This comes in the wake of several exposés by The Star about alleged corrupt arms dealings by Dave Sheer Guns and two SAPS brigadiers. On Sunday, Brigadier Mathapelo Miriam Mangwani, from the Central Firearms Registry, and the section head of firearms compliance, Brigadier Hlamane Elias Mahlabane, were suspended... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

37665

South Africa

15 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Two police brigadiers were suspended on Sunday for their alleged involvement in a gun scandal in which allegations of bribery, dealing in stolen military ammunition and forging export permits have emerged. Brigadier Mathapelo Merriam Mangwane, section head of the Central Firearms Registry (CFR), and Brigadier Hlamane Elias Mahlabane, section head of firearm compliance, were suspended from duty without pay "for their involvement in corrupt... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37811

South Africa

15 July 2013

SouthAfrica.info

Two senior police officers have been suspended following a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in South Africa's Central Firearm Registry, the police confirmed on Monday. The suspensions follow recent media reports alleging corruption after an ex-employee at a gun shop said that he bribed officers at the registry in order to fast-track the issuing of gun licences. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesman Solomon Makgale said that Mathapelo Mangwane, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SouthAfrica.info

37664

South Africa

9 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - The Central Firearms Registry (CFR) head in Pretoria has been accused of accepting bribes from an employee at a Joburg gun shop in exchange for securing gun licences. This is according to a state witness in an upcoming case, who claimed that as an employee of Dave Sheer Guns – a leading distributor of firearms and accessories on the continent – she paid Brigadier Mathapelo Miriam Mangwani R5,000 and R10,000 twice a month in cash for four years. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37643

South Africa

3 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

Johannesburg - A popular Joburg gun shop is at the centre of a police investigation into allegations of large-scale police corruption, bribery and creating fraudulent export permits. An employee who worked at the gun dealer alleges that she paid bribes to police officers and lied to clients as part of her job as a sales manager. She cannot be named as she is a State witness. The Star has learnt that the Hawks and forensic consultants Paul O'Sullivan and Associates... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Star (Johannesburg)

37628

South Africa,Georgia

28 June 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - More than 200,000 rounds of ammunition have allegedly been stolen from the military and sold off to a gun shop - which exported the ammunition to a country in conflict. Two soldiers and a civilian have been arrested and have appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on charges of theft of ammunition and fraud. The Star has reliably learnt that more warrants of arrest have been issued, with more arrests imminent. Sergeant Peter Motaung, 49, a storeman... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37613

South Africa

5 June 2013

Citizen (South Africa)

The destruction of thousands of confiscated and surrendered firearms and knives is aimed at making society safer, Gauteng police said yesterday. Speaking at a briefing at ArcelorMittal in Vereeniging, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros said he was happy that the weapons had been permanently removed from the public. "The confiscations were largely due to the community who provided tip-offs to police," he said. More than 4,000 firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (South Africa)

37536

South Africa

23 May 2013

SABC (South Africa)

A two-week investigation by the SABC uncovered a scam where crucial documents to secure a licensed firearm are being sold over the counter. A police inquiry is currently underway. Normally it is not easy acquiring a gun licence in South Africa. It is in fact a lengthy process. First, you need to understand the Firearms Control Act. Then you would need to present yourself at a training institute. There, they will assess your knowledge. Once you complete training for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SABC (South Africa)

37493

South Africa

15 May 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - An independent probe has been commissioned into alleged unscrupulous practices among firearms dealers, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday. Concerns had recently been raised about firearm dealers not complying with the Firearms Control Act, Mthethwa said in a statement. "In order to ensure that the provisions of the act are properly complied with… I have decided to set up an independent investigation into the practices complained of," he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37469

South Africa

15 May 2013

News24 (Cape Town) / The Witness

PIETERMARITZBURG - A KwaZulu-Natal man charged with murdering the mother of his child after she had obtained a protection order against him has denied killing her. Thembinkosi Sibiya, 27, is charged with shooting Gugu Anette Ndlela in the head on 3 November 2011, when he also allegedly tried to shoot Ntuthuko Nxasana, the man he believed she was in a relationship with. He pleaded not guilty before acting judge Sibusiso Mngomezulu in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town) / The Witness

37448

South Africa

30 April 2013

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Despite statistics by the South African Police Services indicating a decline in gun-related crimes, the debate on gun laws and ownership in South Africa remains divided. Varying degrees of the debate have emerged with many still opposing the easy access to guns as it has been reported that it takes only 90 days to acquire a gun license. The issue was thrust back into the spotlight earlier this year, when Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

37405

South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

38560

South Africa

9 April 2013

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Monday an investigation has been launched to determine how police issued firearms landed up in the hands of gangsters in Lavender Hill. Metro police officers carried out several raids in the area and other suburbs over the weekend where they confiscated illegal weapons and drugs. Officials also seized two police firearms as well as an AK-47 with ammunition. Plato said this was worrying. "I am actually... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

37296

South Africa

2 April 2013

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - There has been no significant decrease in the rate of South African women murdered by their partners, the Medical Research Council of SA said on Tuesday. "In South Africa, the murder of women by their partners remains a serious problem," senior researcher of the gender and health unit Naeemah Abrahams said in a statement. According to a recent study led by Abrahams, the murder rate for women older than 14 was substantially lower in 2009 than in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

37274

South Africa,United States

25 March 2013

al Jazeera, Opinion

On December 1, 2012, NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and then shot and killed himself in front of his two coaches and the general manager of his team, the Kansas City Chiefs. On February 14, 2013, South African track star Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his home. Two well-known athletes, two horrifying acts. While we don't know... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37231

South Africa

13 March 2013

Global Times (China), Xinhua

The Portfolio Committee on Police on Tuesday adopted the Dangerous Weapons Bill as South Africa is moving to curb rising violence. The bill will repeal all legislation dealing with dangerous weapons. There are currently five different pieces of legislation that deal with dangerous weapons, including the Dangerous Weapons Act of 1982. The committee called on police to effectively implement the Dangerous Weapons Bill, which will also give powers to the police to arrest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China), Xinhua

37181

South Africa

11 March 2013

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

In his affidavit before the court, South African 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius stated that he kept a 9mm pistol underneath his bed because he was scared of criminals. Following the events in the early hours of 14 February 2013 that saw him fatally shoot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he now faces charges of murder. This is not the first such case. In 2009 Johannesburg homeowner Warren Voster accidentally killed his domestic worker's 12-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

37182

South Africa

9 March 2013

News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

PORT ELIZABETH - A total of 2 065 firearms were destroyed in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning, Eastern Cape police said. "At least 848 of these have been voluntarily surrendered. The other 1 217 were confiscated by the state and had been used in criminal activities," said Lieutenant-Colonel Sibongile Soci. The firearms included rifles, shotguns and handguns. Nearly 40 000 firearms have been destroyed by police in the province since 2004, said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

38590

South Africa

9 March 2013

News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

PORT ELIZABETH - A total of 2 065 firearms were destroyed in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning, Eastern Cape police said. "At least 848 of these have been voluntarily surrendered. The other 1 217 were confiscated by the state and had been used in criminal activities," said Lieutenant-Colonel Sibongile Soci. The firearms included rifles, shotguns and handguns. Nearly 40 000 firearms have been destroyed by police in the province since 2004, said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town), South African Press Association

37167

China,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Somalia,Angola,South Africa,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Kenya

21 February 2013

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Much is being written and said in the media and academic circles about China's increasing engagement with Africa on many economic and other fronts. Some see this as benefiting Africa; others as detrimental to the real needs of African countries and peoples. Some critics have used phrases like "the second scramble for Africa" and "re-colonization of Africa" to describe the new development. The debate goes on. Yet, there is one subject that has not received the serious... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37098

Trinidad & Tobago,South Africa

20 February 2013

Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

As the Government battles unbridled gun violence, national security adviser Gary Griffith says guns don't kill people, people kill people. On Friday, Olympic blade runner Oscar Pistorius appeared before the court in South Africa charged with the murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who had been shot four times with Pistorius' licensed gun. In South Africa where levels of crime are extremely high, many private citizens have licensed guns. But the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)

37086

South Africa

19 February 2013

Independent (South Africa)

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius applied for six separate firearm licences in January. Less than a month later, he stands accused of fatally shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The killing took place during the early hours of Thursday at his luxury home in Pretoria. On Tuesday, as the Paralympian prepares to show compelling reasons why he should be released on bail, The Star can reveal that Pistorius applied for licences for the following firearms: - A Maverick... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa)

37090

South Africa

19 February 2013

South Africa Info

The arrest of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius following the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at Pistorius' home in Pretoria last week has focused considerable attention, in the local and international media, on gun laws and gun ownership in South Africa. In 2004, new legislation came into force in South Africa, in the form of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, that brought in significantly tougher controls on the ownership, possession... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Africa Info

37088

South Africa

18 February 2013

Guardian (UK)

There is a rule in screenwriting that if you introduce a gun into a scene, at some point you must use it. The rule applies to real life too. That's how Reeva Steenkamp lost her life. A gun appeared in her story, and she got shot dead. Regardless of the circumstances, when guns are near people, they kill people. I know the gun fraternity will say that it was Oscar Pistorius who pulled the trigger, and not the rest of the gun community out there. But that's what... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37078

Finland,United States,European Union,Germany,Switzerland,Russia,South Africa,Mexico

17 February 2013

Local (Germany)

Figures compiled for Germany's new National Weapons Registry reveal that there are 5.4 million legally owned guns in the country, making it the world's fourth most-armed nation per capita. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday that the state of Bavaria topped the list with 1.1 million, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia with 1 million and Baden-Württemberg with 700,000. The new national gun register bundles together the data from over 500 local authorities, which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Germany)

37072

United States,South Africa

15 February 2013

Time (USA)

The paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder by a South African court following the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, from gunshot wounds at his home within a gated Pretoria housing estate. The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body, and was reported to have been shot four times. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. According to Gunpolicy.org, there are just under 6 million licensed firearms in South Africa, which has a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

37101

England & Wales,South Africa

14 February 2013

Telegraph (UK), Video

About one citizen in every 20 owns a registered firearm and millions more weapons circulate illegally. The gnawing fear of violent crime is such that most houses are surrounded by walls and barbed wire, often electrified to deter intruders. The wealthier neighbourhoods of Pretoria and Johannesburg are patrolled by armed guards from private security firms, who can be summoned at the touch of a panic button. Even so, many people opt to live – like Oscar Pistorius –... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

37064

South Africa

14 February 2013

Guardian (UK), Video

Oscar Pistorius the Paralympic star and inspiration to millions around the world, was contemplating his future from a police cell on Thursday night after being charged with murdering his girlfriend. In a drama that stunned South Africa and admirers abroad, Pistorius allegedly fired four bullets into Reeva Steenkamp's head, chest and arm at his home in the capital, Pretoria, in the early hours of Thursday morning. The life of the glamorous athlete, known as the Blade... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37063

South Africa

12 February 2013

Money Web (South Africa)

A draft bill which seeks to empower police officers to arrest people carrying dangerous weapons during public gatherings came before Parliament on Tuesday. Addressing the portfolio committee on police, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the Dangerous Weapons Bill would outlaw possession of any weapon, object, or replica in instances where there was an intention to use it for an unlawful purpose. "The bill seeks to prohibit the carrying of firearms and objects which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Money Web (South Africa)

37056

South Africa

5 February 2013

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - At least 31,000 knives and more than 3,000 guns were destroyed by police in Vereeniging on Tuesday. The weapons were seized from criminals in Gauteng over the past two years, as part of the Operation Duty Calls campaign. The weapons were packed in white bags at the Arcelor Metal Plant in Vereeniging. A giant electric magnate liftted the weapons up to the brim of a 10-metre tall smelter, into which they would later be thrown into. Once the weapons have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

37035

South Africa

5 February 2013

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - A probe into a former Gauteng police brigadier over alleged firearm licences corruption underlines the need for a forensic audit, Gun Free SA said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Adele Kirsten said such an audit should include all firearm licences issued in the past few years. "We have no confidence in the registry and are critical, especially over the last two to three years, of whether all those [who received licences] actually fit the criteria," she... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

37032

Western Europe,Sudan,South Africa,Colombia,Finland,Estonia,United States

4 February 2013

Atlantic (USA)

How much gun violence is there in the U.S.? There were 8,583 homicides by firearms in 2011, out of 12,664 homicides total, according to the FBI. This means that more than two-thirds of homicides involve a firearm. 6,220 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun. It's worth noting that violent crime rates of all types have been steadily decreasing since the early 1990s. No one is quite sure what is causing this decrease, though there are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

37031

South Africa

16 January 2013

SouthAfrica.info (Johannesburg)

The South African Police Service (SAPS) made 67,000 arrests around the country over the festive season, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. The arrests - for crimes ranging from murder, robbery and rape to fraud, shoplifting and driving under the influence - took place during the course of a festive season safety campaign which began on 15 October and will officially end on 31 January. A total of 704 were arrested for public... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SouthAfrica.info (Johannesburg)

36950

South Africa

6 January 2013

Independent (South Africa) / Sunday Tribune (South Africa)

Despite legislation to prevent the production and sale of exact-replica toy guns, lifelike copies flood into the country and invariably find their way into the hands of criminals who pass them off as the real thing. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Westville police shot and killed a man who allegedly raised a replica toy gun and pointed it at them. The man was one of three who had allegedly broken into a home in Westville and fled with garden tools and a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa) / Sunday Tribune (South Africa)

36910

Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Panama,Guatemala,Swaziland,South Africa,Jamaica,Philippines,Brazil,El Salvador,United States

17 December 2012

Forbes (USA)

Few major nations have the right to bear arms configured in their Constitution. Even fewer (as in we are the only one) have gun control legislation as a hot button political issue. The U.S. is the most violent core economy in terms of gun related deaths. It is also the leader in gun violence at school campuses. Yet, the U.S. does not lead the world in firearms related deaths. Countries where gangs and drugs are a problem top the list, even where there is strict gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Forbes (USA)

36832

South Africa

15 December 2012

Africa Check

Since strict gun controls came into force in 2004, gun crime in South Africa has fallen by more than 21 percent. Did the new controls cause the drop in gun crime as police claimed last week? Their data is inconclusive but cause of death figures from studies of mortuary statistics back their claim. On Friday, 30 November 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an order brought by a group of gun owners that would have compelled the minister of police to pay... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Africa Check

38822

South Africa

4 December 2012

iAfrica (South Africa)

Firearm owners who voluntarily surrendered their guns to police for destruction will not be compensated by the State, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled. It dismissed an appeal on Friday by two non-profit voluntary associations, the Justice Alliance of South Africa and the False Bay Gun Club, against a Western Cape High Court judgment. The high court had held that the minister did not overstep his legal capacity in published guidelines which provided that gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: iAfrica (South Africa)

36797

China,United States,Zimbabwe,Sudan,Côte d'Ivoire,South Africa,Somalia

28 November 2012

Global Post (Boston)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — China's aggressive new strategy to sell weapons in Africa was on clear display at a recent defense exposition here. The pavilion for Chinese manufacturers was among the three largest at the Africa Aerospace and Defense exhibition in September, surpassed only by host South Africa and the United States, the world's largest weapons maker by far. Many of the made-in-China weapons touted by firms such as Norinco and Poly Technologies were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

36790

South Africa

28 November 2012

Herald (Port Elizabeth)

Police officers who allegedly sold weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition to criminals were arrested in a high-risk operation in Pretoria yesterday. … The operation stretched from a busy Pretoria shopping centre to a small police station north of the city yesterday. One of the three people arrested was the commissioner of the Rust de Winter police station, Captain Petrus Badenhorst. Investigators of the Hawks' crimes against the state unit, explosives... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Port Elizabeth)

36783

South Africa

22 November 2012

South Africa Government News Agency (Tshwane)

PRETORIA — Women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the house, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Thursday. "Domestic violence becomes even more deadly when guns, legal or illegal, are present in the home because they can be used to threaten, injure or kill women and children," Xingwana said. This is according to the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women's Network. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South Africa Government News Agency (Tshwane)

36764

South Africa

22 October 2012

Business Day (Johannesburg)

Crime levels in South Africa have spurred the nation's private security industry to balloon into one of the world's biggest, but experts say the number of underqualified and unregistered companies in the sector is reaching alarming proportions. The industry's rapid growth has raised fears over national security in the government, which is looking to increase regulation. This would include new provisions in the Private Security Industry Regulation Act on centralised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Day (Johannesburg)

36705

South Africa

1 October 2012

Independent (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - A young Cape Town girl was shot in the leg on Sunday by gang members who were chasing down a rival - less than a month after her cousin was shot dead in the same street. Jasmyne Strydom, 13, became the third child shot by gangsters in September in Cape Town. Jasmyne, a Grade 8 pupil at Excelsior High, was shot in the achilles tendon as she visited a shop in Matroosberg Crescent at lunchtime. The crescent has seen a number of shootings over recent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa)

36603

South Africa

26 September 2012

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question received yesterday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa admitted that 1 202 firearms have been be added to the 11 935 firearms lost by the South African Police Service (SAPS) since 2007, bringing the total to 13 137. The reply revealed that a total of 1 202 firearms have been lost or stolen in the last 18 months. Of the total, 1 090 of these were handguns and 59 were rifles. However, only 170 of the weapons have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

36594

South Africa

17 September 2012

IOL (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN - An alleged quarrel turned violent when a man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. The shooting happened on Sunday morning at the couple's home at Asanda Village in Strand. The husband shot his wife in the head, killing her at the scene. He then shot himself. But the 48-year-old survived the gunshot and was airlifted to Tygerberg Hospital by helicopter. Laticia Pienaar, communications officer for the hospital, said the man, who could... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IOL (South Africa)

36556

South Africa

5 September 2012

Defence Web (South Africa)

The South African National Defence Force has lost or had stolen 51 firearms since 2009, including 38 assault rifles, according to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stated that 51 firearms, including a machine gun and a grenade launcher, have been lost by or stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) since 2009. This emerged in response to a parliamentary question posed by Pieter Groenewald of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defence Web (South Africa)

36530

South Africa

22 August 2012

Money Web (South Africa)

One to two women killed are killed by their husbands, boyfriends or partners. Most South African women are killed by their husbands, boyfriends or same sex partners, a Medical Research Council (MRC) study has found. "In South Africa every one to two women killed are killed by her partner," said MRC gender and health researcher Naeemah Abrahams on Tuesday. The study, giving comparative figures of 1999 and 2009, indicated an overall decrease in female homicides as well... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Money Web (South Africa)

36491

South Africa

7 August 2012

IOL Daily News (South Africa)

KWAZULU-NATAL - Hundreds of guns from police station exhibit rooms across KwaZulu-Natal are missing or unaccounted for because of poor record keeping, an audit has found. The preliminary findings of the check have prompted provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni to put a task team in place to monitor the 184 stations in KZN to ensure their gun files are in order. Sources claim that at some stations more than 100 guns are reported missing or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IOL Daily News (South Africa)

36440

South Africa

7 August 2012

Sowetan Live

A month after a court dismissed a protection order that prevented him from carrying a gun, a Mpumalanga cop has shot dead his wife and then himself. Distraught family members of Nelisiwe Nkomo, 21, of Kwaggafontein outside KwaMhlanga, said the justice system had failed to protect their daughter from her abusive husband, Witbank policeman Themba Nkosi Nkomo's father, Daniel Nkomo, said: "Clearly my daughter was killed by the justice system. If the court had granted her... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sowetan Live

36431

South Africa

18 July 2012

Times (South Africa)

Facing the threat of violence daily , paramedics are now arming themselves so that they can get on with the business of saving people's lives. This emerged yesterday during a judgment in the case of two men accused of raping two paramedics in Roodepoort, on the West Rand, in 2010. Private paramedics who spoke to The Times claimed that up to 60% of emergency workers at certain emergency services companies carried weapons to protect themselves against attack while on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

36344

Angola,Africa,West Africa,Venezuela,Iran,Egypt,Algeria,South Sudan,Liberia,Germany,France,China,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,South Africa

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008. Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

36317

South Africa

18 June 2012

Pretoria News (South Africa)

If you deserve a firearm licence and qualify for one, you will get it. This is the promise from the head of the Central Firearms Register (CFR) in Pretoria, Brigadier Miriam Mangwane. She is confident that the problems her office faced in the past are over. New firearm applications should be processed within 90 days. "If there is a delay, there is an explanation," she said. But gun licence expert and attorney Martin Hood is of the opinion that conditions remain... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pretoria News (South Africa)

36254

South Africa

17 May 2012

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

ANALYSIS South Africa faces numerous challenges in preventing and reducing the levels of violence and crime. The burden of mortality and morbidity arising from violence and injury affects the lives of millions of individuals annually and continues to undermine social harmony and socio-economic development. This is, now more than ever, a national public health priority - one that needs to be monitored and controlled so as to limit the number of injuries and non-natural... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

36138

South Africa

1 May 2012

Telegraph (UK)

Thousands of South African police officers face being stripped of their guns or kicked out of the force entirely after a leaked internal report revealed that one fifth of those with licenses were not qualified to use police-issue weapons. A total of 27,400 officers failed to complete updated firearms training introduced last year, out of 129,713 armed staff in the nation's force. Following the revelation last month, several district commanders ordered officers who were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

36094

South Africa

26 April 2012

BuaNews (Tshwane)

Pretoria — Police management on Thursday said they had halted the process of withdrawal of firearms from police officers. Briefing the media on what has been erroneously dubbed in some reports as police "disarmament", acting National Police Commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said the move to take the firearms from the officers was informed by an internal audit report, which was subsequently leaked to the press. "Such a document was meant to assist the management of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

36085

South Africa

23 April 2012

Times (South Africa)

The SA Police Service is locked in a battle with a union over the removal of firearms from more than 27000 officers found unfit to carry them and the placing of seasoned policemen as security guards. The SA Policing Union made a successful urgent application late last week for an interdict prohibiting Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and acting national police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi from disarming policemen in all nine provinces who have been declared unfit to handle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

36056

Ethiopia,South Africa,Burkina Faso,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Ukraine,Côte d'Ivoire,Eastern Europe,Russia,Central African Republic,Iraq,Afghanistan,United States,Colombia,Angola,Liberia,North Africa,West Asia,Africa

11 April 2012

Think Africa Press (London)

Arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years by a US federal court last week. Widely known as the 'merchant of death', the 45-year-old Russian has delivered weapons and arms to a wide range of presidents, insurgents and rebels in Africa and the Middle East including the likes of Charles Taylor in Liberia and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. He was caught in a US sting in which his services were solicited for the supply of weapons to Colombia's FARC rebels. His companies... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Think Africa Press (London)

36019

South Africa

4 March 2012

Citizen (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Pro-gun and anti-gun lobby groups found themselves in rare agreement yesterday as they expressed outrage over reports that more than 27 000 police officers on active duty had failed their firearms proficiency tests. A report in The Sunday Times yesterday revealed that 27 329 (or 17%) of the 157 704 police officers who had training to comply with the regulations of the Firearms Control Act, which took effect in 2004, failed firearms proficiency... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (South Africa)

35878

South Africa

4 March 2012

iAfrica.com (Cape Town)

More than 27 000 police officers on active duty have failed firearm proficiency tests, the Sunday Times reported. This was according to a performance report dated 14 December 2011 by the SA Police Service's internal audit unit, the publication said. The report said the majority of those who failed the tests were operational officers "who were supposed to carry their official firearms on a daily basis". The Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: iAfrica.com (Cape Town)

35877

Estonia,Dominican Republic,Ecuador,Ukraine,Kyrgyzstan,Moldova,Kazakhstan,Belize,Latvia,Venezuela,Belarus,Lithuania,Bahamas,Bolivia,Azerbaijan,Russia,Antigua & Barbuda,Guyana,South Africa,Jamaica,Honduras,Guatemala,El Salvador,South America,Colombia,Brazil,Central America,Caribbean

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

35882

Philippines,Trinidad & Tobago,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Uganda,Tanzania,Senegal,Congo (DRC),Pakistan,Nigeria,Niger,Namibia,Morocco,Mauritania,Malawi,Madagascar,Côte d'Ivoire,Burkina Faso,Botswana,Egypt,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Ghana,China,United States,Austria,Russia,Israel,Bahrain,Asia,Africa,Brazil

28 February 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

A small, scratched metal can thrown on the ground created Brazil's first diplomatic embarrassment of 2012. The canister of tear gas had been collected by pro-democracy activists in Bahrain. Stamped across the can in blue was a Brazilian flag and the words 'MADE IN BRAZIL.' One year had passed since Bahrain became the stage for pro-democracy protests by the majority Shiites against the Sunni monarchy commanded by king Hamad bin-Isa Khalifa. The protesters had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35870

Italy,Philippines,United States,Russia,Germany,Czech Republic,China,Botswana,Oceania,Americas,Africa,Asia,Europe,Central Africa,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Zimbabwe,Namibia,Mozambique,Congo (DRC),Angola,Swaziland,South Africa,Southern Africa

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southern Times (Southern Africa)

35844

East Africa,Mozambique,South Africa

17 February 2012

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

A South African Police Service (SAPS) instruction has been issued that all permits for vessel protection must now be sent directly to the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) in Pretoria, which is effectively defunct. Until three weeks ago any firearms aboard a ship were collected by the local Port Authority police, and held until the vessel was about to depart our shores, when they were returned. As piracy in the Mozambican Channel and East African shores is now endemic,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

35855

Madagascar,Guinea,Ghana,Botswana,Angola,Algeria,South Africa,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Russia,Austria,Israel,Germany,Italy,United States,Yemen,Philippines,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,Tunisia,Brazil,Burkina Faso,Egypt,Côte d'Ivoire,Malawi,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Congo (ROC),Senegal,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe,Argentina,Ecuador,Chile,Honduras,Guatemala,United Arab Emirates,Trinidad & Tobago,Jordan,Dominican Republic,Singapore,Kazakhstan,Liberia,Saudi Arabia,Bosnia & Herzegovina,Congo (DRC),Guyana,Mauritius,Latvia,Oman,Nepal,Somalia,Bolivia,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru,Mexico,Qatar,Kuwait,Indonesia,Malaysia,Thailand

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Publica (Brazil)

35794

South Africa

12 January 2012

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

People who possess firearms in South Africa can generally be separated into three categories. The first group consists of individuals in possession of duly registered firearms. The next group is of greater concern. They are the people who are in illegal possession of firearms. Not all people who possess firearms that are, according to the letter of the law, illegal are violent criminals. However, even this armed group is less of a concern than the last type. The third... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

35726

Thailand,Colombia,Russia,United States,Uganda,Rwanda,South Africa,United Arab Emirates,Belgium,Sudan,Somalia,Côte d'Ivoire,Liberia,Angola,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Congo (DRC)

6 December 2011

New York Times, Opinion

On a dark November morning in 2004, I woke up in my bungalow overlooking Lake Kivu, tense with anticipation. Our small United Nations team was about to undertake a surprise inspection of three airfields in eastern Congo, notorious for smuggling operations. With the backing of U.N. peacekeeping forces and a U.N. Security Council mandate, we searched almost every incoming and outgoing aircraft that day. By evening, we had the evidence to link several aviation front... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35632

South Africa

6 December 2011

Witness (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN — The proposed amendments to the Firearms Control Act should be opposed at all costs, because in its current state the law has succeeded in reducing violence against women and children. So says Dr Naeemah Abrahams, a researcher with the Medical Research Council. She pointed out the dangers of the proposed amendments during a discussion of the 16 Days Campaign of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children yesterday. This year's campaign will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Witness (South Africa)

35628

South Africa

22 November 2011

South African Government (Pretoria), Media release

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mr Willies Mchunu said government is considering drastic measures to collect illegal firearms in the hands of civilians. He was addressing thousands of Mankengane community in eShowe today, 22 Novemner 2011. For years the community of this area has been experiencing faction fights that led to blood shed and disrupted school operations. In the past, this area has seen some tensions between two tribal authorities... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Government (Pretoria)

35600

India,Afghanistan,Iraq,Sierra Leone,South Africa,Saudi Arabia,United States,United Kingdom,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

1 November 2011

Telegraph (UK), Book review

If there is one book unlikely to appear on the Christmas reading lists of the former defence secretary Liam Fox and his self-professed adviser Adam Werritty, one suspects that this is it. The sorry case of Dr Fox and the mystery chum-cum-lobbyist amplifies what critics of the defence procurement industry – Feinstein prefers the racier "global arms trade" – have long argued. To put it mildly, and in a nutshell, it is not known for its transparency. Nor, for that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

35511

Uganda,East Africa,South Africa,Kenya

27 October 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

At the Majlis Resort on Manda Island, the night watchman carries only a radio and a torch. As dusk falls on the island, a team of local police officers armed with rifles arrives and settles down on the beachfront. Less than a month ago, Somali pirates kidnapped French woman Marieu Dedieu from this very spot. Now police are here to guard a handful of tourists still remaining in Lamu, because they are the only ones who can do it. "The government wrote a letter to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35480

South Africa

13 October 2011

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Political Bureau NATIONAL police commissioner General Bheki Cele and his top cops were slammed by Parliament's police oversight committee yesterday over the state of the service, with the chair of the committee describing its firearms control as a "nightmare". In the past five years, 11 935 SAPS firearms have been lost or stolen. As the police top brass were being grilled, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a written parliamentary reply that one-third (91 191) of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

35406

South Africa

12 October 2011

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

In reply to a parliamentary question the Minister of Police has revealed that one-third or 91 191 SAPS firearms still need to be marked to clearly identify them as SAPS weapons. This means that it is impossible to track where many of the lost and stolen firearms end up. It certainly explains the low recovery rate of 7% when it comes to missing weapons. In the last five years, 11 935 SAPS firearms have been lost or stolen I shall be writing to the Independent Complaints... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

35402

South Africa

28 September 2011

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

The Draft Dangerous Weapons Bill was drawn up in response to a Constitutional Court ruling and is a necessary piece of legislation. In its current unamended form, the Bill leaves a great deal open to interpretation. Despite the various statements that have been made about the proposed new Bill, it must be remembered that it is still in its draft form. This draft legislation has been made available for public comment before being submitted for approval to Cabinet. Only... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

35340

South Africa

28 September 2011

East Coast Radio (Durban)

Midlands police say despite their efforts of phoning, sending messages and visiting applicants' addresses - a large number of applicants, including security officers, still have not picked up their licences and competency certificates. Applicants have 90 days to collect their documents before they are returned to the National Central Firearm Registry Office in Pretoria. The police's Joey Jeevan says there is currently a huge backlog at the centre, which could lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Coast Radio (Durban)

35335

South Africa

22 September 2011

Daily News (Durban)

An eThekwini councillor, who claimed to have received death threats, was arrested on Wednesday inside the Durban City Hall for carrying a firearm. A source told the Daily News the councillor had claimed the unlicensed 9mm pistol had been handed to him earlier in the day by someone in the toilets at city hall. Warrant Officers Deena Govender and David Cele of the Durban Organised Crime Unit – Cato Manor, and the Shongweni Dog Unit made the arrest after a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News (Durban)

35318

India,Nepal,South Africa

20 September 2011

Telegraph (Nepal), Opinion

1. Facts: Small arms: Small Arms mean the weapons that a single and individual can carry and operate. For example revolvers, self loading pistols, rifles, carbines, assault rifles, sub machineguns, light machineguns and associated ammunitions.[1] Light weapons means that can be operate two or three people. They may include heavy machine gun, hand–held under barrel and mounted grenade launcher, portable anti-aircraft and missile launcher, explosives, anti personal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (Nepal)

35304

South Africa

11 September 2011

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

Once again it has been revealed to the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been fueling the illegal arms trade. In a reply to a parliamentary question asked by the DA to the Minister of Police, he admits that in 2010/11 a total of 1 335 SAPS firearms were 'lost or stolen'. 101 of these were rifles, 46 were shotguns and the rest were handguns. Only 167 of the firearms have been recovered. A copy of the DA question and the Ministers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

35271

South Africa

7 September 2011

BuaNews (Tshwane)

CAPE TOWN — South Africa's annual murder crime figures have progressively slipped down from 26 000 in 1994 to 16 500 in 2010. With the introduction of the Firearms Control Act in 2002, and as attitudes changed, about 640 gun dealers had to close shop between that time and 2006. Though the country's support for crime prevention has been "inconsistent", "trust between the state, communities and inter-communities" was improving. Also, communities' capacity for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

35254

South Africa

25 August 2011

News24 (Cape Town) / SAPA

CAPE TOWN - The backlog of applications to appeal under the Firearms Control Act currently totals 13 673, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday. In written reply to a parliamentary question by Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus, he said there had been 26 709 applications for appeal since January 2008. Of these, 10 953 had been granted, 2 083 rejected, and 13 673 were still outstanding, he said. In a statement Groenewald said this was further proof... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town) / SAPA

35231

South Africa

10 August 2011

South African Government (Pretoria), Media release

Strict compliance and greater cooperation between private security and SAPS is crucial. The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) has been urged to ensure it keeps track of security companies that possess firearms as well as ensure that properly-registered personnel utilise these firearms. This is the view of the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa in reference to a Parliamentary reply submitted recently on whether companies comply with firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Government (Pretoria)

35192

South Africa,Brazil,Argentina,Australia,Mexico,United States,Canada,Africa,Sweden,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas

3 August 2011

Embassy Magazine (Canada), Opinion

Canada has never been a strong supporter of international efforts to negotiate an effective Arms Trade Treaty. But in mid-July, it reversed its previous low-key but constructive role at the United Nations ATT preparatory meetings to become a potential treaty spoiler. All indications point to this change of heart arising from the domestic gun lobby's influence on Canadian foreign policy. After years of preparation, member states of the United Nations will devote a month... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Embassy Magazine (Canada)

35160

Sri Lanka,Sudan,Malawi,Zambia,Mozambique,Macedonia,Liberia,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Africa,South Africa

28 July 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward. The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

35133

United States,Indonesia,New Zealand,South Korea,China,Russia,South Africa

14 July 2011

Stuff (New Zealand)

Foreign bodyguards will be banned from carrying weapons when protecting overseas dignitaries at this year's Rugby World Cup. New Zealand police will assume full responsibility for the protection of visiting heads of state and VIPs at the tournament, which starts two days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Visiting security agents were permitted to carry weapons to protect foreign leaders during the 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

35054

South Africa

11 July 2011

Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria) / AllAfrica.com, Opinion

The South African Firearms Control Act (FCA), 2000 (as amended), which replaced the Arms and Ammunition Act (1969), was enacted to introduce more rigorous firearm control processes and procedures in South Africa, as well as specific policing actions in order to reduce firearms crime and violence. With another amendment to the FCA on the cards, various interest groups and NGOs have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the FCA to date. Much of the criticism by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria) / AllAfrica.com

35039

South Africa

29 June 2011

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - A programme to educate people about the firearm licence application process will be launched in August, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday. Roadshows would be held throughout the country at which people could detail any challenges they had faced with the process, he said in Pretoria. Speaking after a progress review meeting with the task team responsible for a turnaround strategy for firearms applications, Mthethwa said that the 1 080 696... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

34996

South Africa

19 June 2011

Independent (South Africa)

The grieving family of two slain Kraaifontein police officers joined local residents and police in a peace march through the streets of Wallacedene on Saturday, calling for an end to all "evil deeds". Speakers at the peace rally in support of Warrant Officer Gershwin Matthee and Student Constable Cannon Cloete called for a return of the death penalty for police killers, the removal of all illegal and legal guns from communities and a pledge for continued community... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa)

34958

South Africa

10 June 2011

South African Press Association

The police are doing their best to clear the backlog in firearm applications, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday. "The ministry is doing its best, although more still needs to be done, particularly around capacitating the office," Mthethwa said in a statement, referring to the Central Firearms Registry (CFR). He was reacting to a report in The New Age newspaper that parties were considering laying charges of contempt of court against Mthethwa because of a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

34918

South Africa

3 June 2011

New Age (Johannesburg)

The backlog in gun licence renewals is so severe that the entire application processing system is on the verge of "collapsing", an investigation by The New Age has revealed. Sources in the South African Police's Central Firearms Registry (CFR), speaking on condition of anonymity, said that officials were battling to clear the backlog but new applications were coming in everyday. With 200000 applications already received, and only 1000 being processed each working day,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Age (Johannesburg)

34891

South Africa

24 May 2011

News24 (Cape Town)

CAPE TOWN - The number of firearm licence applications approved is steadily progressing, but much still needs to be done to ensure that legal firearms remain in the hands of responsible, compliant and law-abiding citizens, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says. Mthethwa on Tuesday was replying in writing to a parliamentary question on how many applications had been approved since the turnaround strategy announced in November last year. "The total number of approved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

34849

South Africa

19 April 2011

Pretoria News (South Africa)

In a victory for potential firearm owners, police will have four months to respond to applications for competency certificates. According to a Pretoria High Court ruling, the police have agreed that these applications be considered within four months of their lodging. The agreement follows an application brought by the South African Intruder Detection Association, several security companies and about 4 500 individual security officers. Part of the agreement reached... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pretoria News (South Africa)

34695

South Africa

23 March 2011

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has instructed the police inspectorate to "closely monitor" police gun management amidst soaring weapon losses in the service. "In addition to various corrective measures which we are currently implementing, I have instructed the police management to ensure that each time a police officer loses his or her firearm, there must be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the loss," Mthethwa said in a statement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

34583

South Africa

9 March 2011

BBC News

South Africa's police force has lost more than 20,000 firearms since 2004, a parliamentary committee has heard. MPs questioning police officials about the losses urged the force to take urgent action against officers who lose their weapons. They said they feared the guns were falling into the hands of criminals. South Africa - which has a high violent crime rate - has over the years struggled to control the number of unlicensed firearms in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

34538

South Africa

23 February 2011

New Age (Johannesburg)

Gun enthusiasts waiting for their firearm licences may soon get some relief. Police are working on improvements at the Central Firearms Register (CFR) to speed up the process. National figures are not freely available, but Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a written reply to a Parliamentary question in October that about 58900 firearm renewal licence applications were outstanding in the Free State alone. In the period April to August last year, 4874 renewal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Age (Johannesburg)

34447

South Africa

13 January 2011

South African Press Association

The 23 firearm registration centres in Gauteng will be closed down because the Firearms Control Act has been amended, provincial police commissioner General Mzwandile Petros' office said on Thursday. "This office wishes to state that the decision was based on the amendment regulations as proclaimed in the Firearms Control Amendment Act which indicates that all renewals and competency applications will be dealt with at local (police station) level," said Colonel Neville... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

34095

South Africa

13 January 2011

Pretoria News

A crisis with the potential to threaten the lives of tens of thousands of Tshwane residents and the city's metro police officers is fast developing following revelations that scores of law enforcers are illegally in possession of their weapons. The revelations come after four Tshwane Metro Police Department motorcycle unit members had their firearms taken from them yesterday because their firearm permits had expired. The confiscation of the guns, say TMPD members on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pretoria News

34093

South Africa

7 January 2011

Independent (South Africa)

Police are confident that goodwill on the part of antique gun owners will have them register their firearms, but they have no idea how many thousands of such guns or their modified or lethal replicas are in the country. This was the admission by national police commissioner Bheki Cele and some of his senior staff in Pretoria on Thursday. Cele made the announcement at a news conference on an amendment to the Firearms Control Act which comes into effect on Monday. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (South Africa)

33977

South Africa

6 January 2011

Eyewitness News (South Africa)

An amendment to the Firearms Control Act which kicks in on Monday, patches a loophole which allowed people to own muzzle-loading firearms without licences. National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele announced several changes to the act at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday morning. Muzzle-loading firearm owners, mostly hunters and antique enthusiasts, have one year to apply for competency certificates. Cele said these types of weapons were excluded in the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eyewitness News (South Africa)

33968

South Africa

24 November 2010

Times (South Africa)

Police have handled barely a third of the gun licence renewal applications received since the Firearms Control Act of 2000 forced owners to apply anew to keep their weapons. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has told MPs that just half a million of the 1.4-million applications for gun licence renewal since 2000 have been decided. In apparent contradiction of reports that most requests had been rejected, he said in a written response to a parliamentary question that 15... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

33695

South Africa

2 November 2010

South African Press Association

Both national Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national Police Commissioner Bheki Cele promised to sort out problems associated with the central fire arms registry (CFR). Speaking at a press conference in Pretoria, Mthethwa said there were serious challenges with the CFR that were undermining the implementation of the Firearms Control Act. He conceded that some licence applications were taking as long as six years to process and that there were elements of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

33575

Zimbabwe,India,Algeria,Chad,Angola,Saudi Arabia,Colombia,Libya,South Africa,Swaziland,Cameroon,United Arab Emirates

1 July 2010

Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa, which has been winning applause for its hosting of the 2010 World Cup, is now coming under fire for another success: global arms sales. According to the South African watch group, Ceasefire Campaign, South African arms merchants have sold $1.7 billion worth of weapons in the past decade to "problematic" countries that are either involved in internal conflicts or with poor human rights records. The arms sales would appear to be in violation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

32947

South Africa

30 June 2010

Times (South Africa)

The police's watchdog body is so concerned about officers who kill their wives and girlfriends with their state-issued guns that it has recommended forcing policemen to leave their weapons at work. The Independent Complaints Directorate conducted a three-year study, the results of which were released last month. It revealed that 49 women romantically involved with police officers were killed by them between 2005 and 2007. But not included in the report were the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

33005

South Africa

1 June 2010

South African Press Association

A 25-year-old woman was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend before he shot himself in Tweefontein Village, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday. Warrant Officer Patrick Mabena said the 28-year-old man visited his ex-lover at her home in section A on Monday afternoon. "A heated argument broke out between the duo. The man drew a firearm that he apparently stole from his father and shot the woman once in the head. "He then turned the gun on himself and blew his head up with one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

32763

South Africa

23 May 2010

Independent (UK)

Premier League footballers have launched a campaign to banish guns from South Africa during the World Cup – and for the future. For the first time in the country's history, personal firearms will be banned from stadiums during the tournament. But, when the contest finishes on 11 July, guns will once again be allowed in all public places. Every year in South Africa, some 10,000 people are killed with guns. Those who have fallen victim to the country's lax gun laws... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

32723

South Africa

19 May 2010

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Former VIP Protection Unit member Sydney Mangena broke down and wept in the Western Cape High Court as his former boss testified that Mangena had confessed to killing his fiancee and later attempted to commit suicide. Colonel Gerard Victor, provincial head of the police's VIP unit, said yesterday that Mangena had called him minutes after he allegedly killed parliamentary employee Thobeka Vuso at a dinner party at a Waterfront flat six years ago. Victor testified that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

32707

South Africa

18 May 2010

News24 (Cape Town) / SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Small arms shooting ranges that fail to comply with government safety regulations will be "harshly dealt with", the national regulator for compulsory specifications (NRCS) said on Tuesday. The NRCS would inspect shooting ranges across the country to ensure that owners were obeying the safety rules laid out in the NRCS Act, spokesperson Thomas Madzivhe said. "Where there is non-compliance, the NRCS will withdraw certificates of compliance issued for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town) / SAPA

32698

South Africa

13 May 2010

Telegraph (UK)

Abraham Mabaso, from Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg, had been brandishing a plastic toy gun during an after school game with his neighbour Edgar Monyela, but police believe the older boy had been holding his father's 9mm pistol and accidentally discharged it. Abraham's mother Sibongile Mabaso, 34, heard the gunshot and rushed to find her son dead on the grass in her front garden. Police spokesman Captain Shado Mashobane said the incident was a "terrible... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

32669

South Africa

12 April 2010

South African Press Association

Crime Line on Sunday appealed to the public to "blow the whistle" on the use and trade of illegal firearms as the gun amnesty deadline expires. "Time has run out for gun-owners to surrender their legal and illegal firearms as the gun amnesty period draws to a close today [Sunday]," the head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, said. "Now is the time for South Africans to join hands with the police in ensuring a safer South Africa by ridding our streets of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

32490

South Africa

8 April 2010

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG - As the 2010 firearms amnesty draws to a close this weekend, many gun owners are seeking advice after receiving mixed messages from the police and gun dealers, the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) said on Thursday. Spokesperson Martin Hood said the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty period, which ends on April 11, must be used to update old firearm licences. "By presenting the amnesty as an opportunity for firearm owners to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

32491

South Africa

7 April 2010

Mercury (Durban)

A young mother of two died after being shot at her workplace soon after she was presented with a bunch of orange roses yesterday. Tania Donnelly, 29, a clerk in the Msunduzi municipality's electricity test and consumer centre, and mother of a 16-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, was shot twice in her stomach and once in her arm at her workplace in Havelock Road, Pietermaritzburg. She died in hospital later. Her shocked colleagues said the gunman, who was known... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Durban)

32501

South Africa

6 April 2010

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Constable Wayne Scheepers seemed to be the model policeman. But this weekend, Scheepers allegedly shot his 34-year old wife, Antonet, before turning the gun on himself in the couple's Paarl home. Their 16-year old son and five-year old daughter were staying with Antonet Scheepers' family when the shooting happened on Saturday night. Police spokesman Warrant Officer November Filander said neighbours heard the couple arguing inside their Polonaise Street home. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

32497

South Africa

2 April 2010

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Police were on the hunt for a dangerous prison escaper when they stormed into a house near Empangeni late on Wednesday night. Shots rang out and a 15-year-old schoolboy, who had apparently been sleeping, lay dead. Kwazi Ndlovu was shot in his home in Esikhawini, near Empangeni. The killing of the Grade 10 pupil from Tiesand Technical School has reignited the debate over the police's shooting and killing of suspects. Just a day before, four suspected robbers were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

32430

South Africa

1 April 2010

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

A De Doorns woman has shot dead her two teenage daughters in their beds before lying down between them and turning the gun on herself. The drama unfolded in the Winelands town on Wednesday, when station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Desmond van der Westhuizen rushed to the family's home after he was tipped off by a staffer about potential trouble at the house. He raced to the house in Voortrekker Road, where he found the house locked. He smashed a window, clambered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

32431

South Africa

31 March 2010

Caledonian Mercury (Scotland)

A leading fashion designer has teamed up with football stars in a campaign to keep the World Cup in South Africa gun-free. The move comes after three people died when Togo's team bus came under machine-gun fire while on its way to the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. Katharine Hamnett has designed a T-shirt with the slogan, Don't Shoot. Among the players to wear it is the Hibernian defender Sol Bamba, who was a member of the Ivory Coast team which also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caledonian Mercury (Scotland)

32554

South Africa

24 March 2010

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

The father of the 24-year-old student police constable who died after being shot, allegedly by a fellow officer, on Sunday, says he cannot understand how his son could have been shot inside a police station. Police said that on Monday, Litha Maxengana and a 29-year-old colleague had been discussing a new firearm clip designed to prevent criminals from snatching guns, when a shot had been fired "accidentally". He was rushed from the Sea Point Police Station to hospital... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

32397

South Africa

10 March 2010

South African Press Association

PRETORIA, South Africa - The country's largest private security company obtained an urgent court order on Wednesday against the Central Firearms Registry to obtain 600 temporary firearm permits in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. This followed a late afternoon settlement after Fidelity Security Services approached the North Gauteng High Court for an urgent order about their firearm permits. These permits were refused shortly before Christmas last year. In terms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

32353

South Africa

9 March 2010

BuaNews (Tshwane)

MORETELE, South Africa — The North West Department of Public Safety has kicked off the 2010 Firearms Amnesty roadshow in the Moretele Local Municipality. Public Safety spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said the campaign sought to amplify the call for residents to surrender illegal firearms and ammunition without being arrested before the April 11 deadline. The call came after Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa on Friday launched the campaign under the slogan "Awulethe Umshini... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

32314

South Africa

26 February 2010

BuaNews (Tshwane)

PRETORIA, South Africa — Over 6 300 firearms and more than 90 000 rounds of ammunition have been surrendered to the South African Police Service to date. This is in line with the Ministerial Amnesty which expires on 11 April this year. Under the amnesty, anyone who has an illegal or unregistered gun, ammunition or firearm parts can hand them in without being prosecuted. The theme is "Together we can do more against crime. Awulethe umshini wakho; surrender your... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

32226

South Africa

23 February 2010

Beeld (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - More than 60 firearms and approximately 50 000 rounds of ammunition have presumably been stolen from a specialised police unit in Mpumalanga. The weapons were part of the arsenal of the police's former riot unit which had been stationed in Hazyview. The unit was closed in 2007 after a decision by Jackie Selebi, former police commissioner, to close all specialist units. The theft of (some of) the weapons was only recently discovered by police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Beeld (South Africa)

32217

South Africa

10 February 2010

BuaNews (Tshwane)

NELSPRUIT, South Africa — Mpumalanga community safety MEC Sibongile Manana has urged the public to take advantage of the National Firearm Amnesty and hand in their unlicensed firearms. Illegal firearms can be handed in at the nearest police station, without the handler fearing arrest if the weapon was not used to commit a crime. The amnesty period runs from January 11 to April 11. A similar campaign in 2005 resulted in over 98 000 weapons being removed from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BuaNews (Tshwane)

32104

South Africa

27 January 2010

South African Press Association

The police are "unwittingly fuelling the illegal arms trade" by ordering thousands of new pistols to replace those that have been lost or stolen, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday. Dianne Kohler Barnard said 4 000 new pistols ordered by the South African Police Service (SAPS) were not to boost firepower, but "mostly to replace lost and stolen firearms". "As revealed on the Armscor website, the ordering of 4 000 new Beretta pistols means that another... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

31992

South Africa

27 January 2010

Telegraph (UK)

Almost 3,000 South African police firearms were lost or stolen in just nine months, it emerged today – about three for every police station in the country, which has some of the highest crime rates in the world The worrying statistic comes less than six months before the football World Cup kicks off in the country. Dianne Kohler Barnard, the opposition Democratic Alliance shadow police minister, said that the state weapons manufacturer Armscor had recently ordered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

31991

South Africa

15 January 2010

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG - Gun control campaigners welcomed the destruction of 80 611 guns by the SA Police Service on Friday. The weapons thrown into the furnace included guns recovered through the ongoing nationwide firearm amnesty, as well as obsolete police weapons and guns previously recovered by police from crime scenes. IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) Africa said the destruction sent a positive signal to South Africans that the firearms amnesty would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

31889

South Africa

12 January 2010

Richmark Sentinel

The new firearm amnesty has kicked off with all the pomp and ceremony that the police can muster for what may well prove to be a pivotal moment in gun ownership in South Africa. The problem is that there are unresolved issues relating to the Firearms Control Act of 2000 (Act) which still have to be sorted out. Chief among these is the application before the High Court, brought by the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, to declare certain parts of the Act... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Richmark Sentinel

31810

South Africa

11 January 2010

Mercury (Durban)

With thousands of illegal firearms in circulation around the country, contributing to the high rate of serious and violent crimes, most political parties have welcomed the four-month gun amnesty that begins today, saying it will spur people with illegal firearms to surrender their weapons. The amnesty runs until April 11 and allows people to hand in illegal, unregistered firearms at any police station, without fear of prosecution. IFP spokesperson Velaphi Ndlovu said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Durban)

31848

South Africa

11 January 2010

AllAfrica.com

Pretoria — The dispossession of illegal and unwanted legal firearms during the new firearms amnesty period will significantly help in the fight against crime, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Addressing reporters on Monday on the firearms amnesty period which kicked off today and will end on 11 April, Mthethwa said the reduction of the number of firearms in circulation was an important part of the police's strategy to combat violent crime. "What prompted us to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AllAfrica.com

31815

South Africa,Angola,Togo

11 January 2010

Times Live (South Africa)

Head of the 2010 local organising committee (LOC) Danny Jordaan described as "stupid" people who questioned South Africa's security measures for the World Cup after Friday's attack on the Togolese soccer team. "It doesn't make sense. If a bomb went off in Spain, do you think I should call England to ask about what the impact is on the Olympics England is organising? I think if something happens in France, you'll know it happened in France, not elsewhere," the LOC head... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times Live (South Africa)

31808

South Africa

26 December 2009

Cape Times (Capetown)

Six people were killed and three others injured on Friday night when three men armed with R5 and AK-47 rifles entered a Ngwane house and opened fire, Kwa-Zulu Natal police said on Saturday. According to National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, the gunmen entered the house at 11.30pm. "A group of 11 friends were enjoying themselves when the three men entered. They simply opened fire on the group," said Cele. Those killed in the attack include four men, aged between... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Times (Capetown)

31738

South Africa

20 December 2009

SABC News / SAPA

People who own firearms and have a valid claim to them are set to start making presentations to National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele explaining why they should not be destroyed. According to a notice in the Government Gazette published on December 14, the State intends destroying all firearms and ammunition voluntarily surrendered or forfeited. Cele says the presentations should be made within 21 days after the publication of the notice. The representation must... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SABC News / SAPA

31689

South Africa

18 December 2009

South African Press Association

"A total of ten stolen firearms were recovered when these arrests were made," said Senior Superintendent Eugene Opperman. Those arrested will appear in different courts in the province shortly. Opperman said legal gun owners should take steps to safe-guard their firearms and ammunition over the holiday season. "Firearms should be securely locked away in a prescribed safe, or otherwise it should be in the possession of the legal gun owner at all times." Car boots or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

31698

South Africa

15 December 2009

Mercury (Durban)

Although 16 unlicensed firearms were recovered in Greytown at the weekend, police believe stability has returned to the conflict-ridden town since the temporary deployment of the National Intervention Unit in June. Police Captain Thulane Zwane said the unit had been deployed after a series of violent incidents before and after the general elections. Several people, including IFP and ANC councillors, were shot and killed in attacks. Zwane said that in an operation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mercury (Durban)

31654

South Africa

29 October 2009

Independent (Dhaka)

On Sunday 25 October 2009 at a political rally in Limpopo province, South African President Jacob Zuma publicly raised concerns about the number of firearms in the hands of private citizens. In a move that is sure to anger the pro-gun lobby, Zuma suggested that a review of legislation governing firearm ownership was necessary in light of the country's crime challenges and the number of legally owned firearms stolen from citizens. President Zuma's comments were made in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dhaka)

31476

South Africa

25 October 2009

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about current guns laws, saying there were too many guns in South Africa, SABC News reported on Sunday. "This country which has such a high level of violent crime, has too many guns in the hands of the citizens," he said at a rally outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. "We need to look at the law, whether we should all have guns." Zuma said even people who had legal firearms could have them stolen by criminals. "They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

31343

South Africa

22 October 2009

Times (South Africa)

Despite police promises to curb shopping mall robberies, there have been at least three armed heists in the past week — including a large-scale assault on Menlyn Retail Park, in Pretoria. In the latest incident, a security guard was injured and a shopper had a close encounter with death. The drama began at 9am yesterday when at least 12 armed men simultaneously robbed a jewellery store and a bank in the mall. Police said the suspects drove around Menlyn Retail... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (South Africa)

31383

South Africa

8 October 2009

Business Day (Johannesburg)

President Jacob Zuma yesterday criticised the level of gun ownership in SA, hinting at the possible tightening of firearm licence regulations. Zuma repeated his call for tough action against violent crime, saying criminals should not be allowed more rights than law-abiding citizens. "We need to be firm to those who undermine the human rights of others," he said in Pretoria at the official launch of the presidential hotline. Zuma's government is pushing for police to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Day (Johannesburg)

31214

South Africa

1 September 2009

South African Press Association

The Cape High Court has given Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa 90 days to draw up guidelines for compensation for firearms surrendered under the gun control law. The ruling could result in pay-outs totalling millions of rands for gun owners who have handed in weapons since 2004. The order was handed down on Monday by Acting Judge President Jeanette Traverso, who at the same time slapped down an attempt by Mthethwa to distance himself from the bungling of his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

30840

South Africa

11 August 2009

South African Press Association

The Freedom Front Plus says it is talking to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about allowing firearm owners who failed to re-register their weapons earlier this year, as required by law, an opportunity to do so. In terms of the Firearms Control Act, gun owners had until March 31 this year to re-register. This deadline was later extended to June 30. FF Plus police spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said in a statement on Tuesday that there were "serious problems" with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

30719

Zimbabwe,South Africa,Congo (ROC),Montenegro,United States

12 July 2009

Sunday Independent (South Africa)

Zimbabwe is not only stockpiling modern weapons, but is circumventing sanctions by exporting arms to the US via Eastern Europe, according to a report to be released this week. According to the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), a Belgian research hub, the situation in Zimbabwe is a good example of why the UN-proposed Arms Trade Treaty needs to be as comprehensive as possible. Throughout last year, when the political climate was at its most volatile, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Independent (South Africa)

30515

South Africa

30 June 2009

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Gun owners from across Cape Town have been streaming into dealerships in the vain hope of retrieving the weapons they either sold or handed over voluntarily, in the wake of a Pretoria High Court ruling that the old licences are still valid. Previously, gun owners who missed the deadline for licence renewals were expected to hand in their weapons to police by midnight on Tuesday. But that changed with the High Court ruling on Friday, after police were apparently unable... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Cape Argus (Cape Town)

30439

South Africa

26 June 2009

South African Press Association

The SA Gunowners Association said it was pleased with Friday's Pretoria court ruling that gave more than one million gun owners who have not yet applied for their licences a temporary reprieve. Judge Bill Prinsloo of the city's High Court granted an interim interdict to the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, declaring that firearm licences obtained under the old Arms and Ammunition Act would be deemed valid for the time being. The order would remain in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

30417

South Africa

25 June 2009

South African Press Association

BLOEMFONTEIN — Police are intimidating South African gun owners and defrauding citizens of their lawful property, black firearm owners said on Thursday. Chairperson of the Black Gun Owners Association of South Africa (BGOASA), Abios Khoele, said the police had "legalised" theft and fraud. "The association is shocked to find that the police are still insisting that they can fine and imprison one million firearm owners and continue to intimidate and defraud citizens... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

30401

South Africa

24 June 2009

South African Press Association

It would be an "exceptionally dangerous thing" to upset new firearms legislation at this late stage, the High Court in Pretoria heard today. Counsel for the minister of police, Pat Ellis SC, argued that the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association was in effect asking the court to amend an Act of Parliament, pending the finalisation of their application to have certain sections of the Firearms Control Act declared unconstitutional. The Association applied for an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

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