Most deaths caused by guns

2015-11-18 06:00

SOUTH AFRICA’S homicide rate is six times higher than the global average and firearms are responsible for many of these deaths.

The latest mortuary data shows that 18 people are shot dead every day in South Africa. This was said by Gareth Newham, head of the Institute for Security Studies’ (ISS) Governance, Crime and Justice Division, during a seminar hosted by Gun Free South Africa.

Newham warned that gun violence in South Africa remains worryingly high.

According to research conducted by the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa’s Firearms Control Act (2000) has improved and advanced the future of the country.

Adele Kirsten, Gun Free South Africa’s spokesperson said, “The message is clear. Strong gun laws reduce violent crime.”

The research revealed that a total of 4 585 lives across five South African cities were saved from gun violence between 2001 and 2005.

The number of women shot and killed declined from 32% to a significant 17%.

Kirsten said that reviewing the Firearms Act would provide an opportunity to strengthen control over the use of guns in South Africa.

The director of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), Sean Tait, stated that the research is relevant and useful, and said that firearms are the primary tools of crime in South Africa. Knowing this, guidelines can be implemented to make the vision of a better South Africa a reality, according to the 2030 National Development plan.

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