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Zimbabwe,South Africa,Swaziland

Zimbabwe Homicide Rate Among the Lowest in the World

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... (

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United States,European Union,Taiwan,United Kingdom,Swaziland

Swaziland King Under Suspicion on Arms Deal

29 June 2013

Swazi Media Commentary (Gaborone)

News that Swaziland's army has taken delivery of another arms shipment has sparked fears that King Mswati is acting as an intermediary for a rogue state that cannot directly buy arms due to embargoes. The Swazi Army took delivery of an arms shipment on Thursday (27 June 2013), including firearms and other military hardware. Local media reported a cargo plane delivered the shipment under conditions of great secrecy. The shipment has aroused the suspicion of the... (

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

Top 12 Countries for Firearms Related Deaths

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... (

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

High Gun Death Risk for Young African Men, Women at Home - UN Study

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... (

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Marking Allows Swazi Police to Track Guns from Dealer to Owner

27 October 2011

Observer (Mbabane)

Police will now be able to track guns from supplier to the owner after they were presented with a marking machining. They were further trained on the usage of the gadget used to mark guns during a three-day SARPCCO training workshop on the firearms marking machine held at Sibane Hotel. The police service will not be the only ones to benefit but soldiers and correctional services officers as well. Registrar of Firearms in the country Assistant Superintendent Marble... (

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Buying Guns in Swaziland Is a Serious Business

6 October 2011

Times (Swaziland)

MBABANE – It is not often that you open a newspaper and read an advertisement giving a choice of rifle, pistol and shotgun products. One of the biggest firearm dealers in the country, however, placed an advertisement in the Times to attract potential customers. It may have been one of the first times that people, reading their paper over their morning breakfast, thought of owning guns. The police Crime Prevention Unit believes fewer guns in the country would mean... (

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Fight Over Drug, Man Injured by His Brother with Shotgun in Swaziland

12 September 2011

Swazi Observer (Swaziland)

A fight between two brothers over stolen dagga almost proved fatal after one shot the other with a 12- bore shotgun gun, injuring him on his back and arm. Both brothers were allegedly armed when the fight ensued on Monday afternoon at Nyonyane, where families moved to open way for the construction of the Maguga Dam were relocated to. The other, is alleged to have been armed with a pistol and the battle was thereafter decided by who had the quickest hand and the... (

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

South Africa Takes Fire for Gun Sales to Conflict Areas, Blacklisted Nations

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... (

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PM Assures MPs That Gun Licensing is Slow and Careful in Swaziland

20 October 2009

Swazi Observer

Prime Minister Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini has assured MPs that it is hard for one to acquire a firearm in the country. He said the procedure involved was long and winding with tough checks and balances so that not everyone acquired a firearm at the end of the day in a bid to protect citizens. The PM said this in response to a question from Hlane MP Mduduzi Magagula who wanted to know the procedure in place for obtaining personal firearms. He also sought to know if... (

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US Embassy Man Nabbed With Gun in Swaziland

2 May 2006

Swazi Observer (Mbabane)

An employee of the American Embassy and former journalist was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm loaded with one live round of ammunition. Perfect Hlongwane was allegedly picked by police from a social spot in the capital city where he was imbibing drinks with friends on Sunday afternoon. Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said the man was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, and would appear before the Mbabane Magistrates'... (

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Africa,Angola,Botswana,Congo (DRC),Lesotho,Malawi,Mozambique,Namibia,South Africa,Swaziland,Tanzania,Zambia,Zimbabwe

Tighter Gun Control on Southern African Borders

30 September 2005

Independent (South Africa)

Twenty-six police members of Southern African Development Community member countries have completed special training in the cross-border control of illegal firearms and ammunition. The group received their certificates of competence on Friday after completing a month-long course, the SA Police Service said in a statement. The training was aimed at equipping police members to take part in exercises to combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of firearms and... (

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Africa,South Africa,Namibia,Botswana,Zimbabwe,Swaziland,Lesotho,Tanzania,Malawi,Zambia

SADC Countries Can Control Illicit Arms Trafficking

6 December 2001

South African Press Association (SAPA)

Southern African Development Community member countries have the potential to control illicit arms trafficking and reduce stockpiles of weapons, the SA Police Services head of detective services Commissioner Johan de Beer said on Thursday. Speaking at the week-long 2nd World Conference on Modern Criminal Investigation, Organised Crime and Human Rights in Durban, de Beer said that last year more than 2400 guns, more than 100000 rounds of ammunition and 1639 mortars and... (

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