SA has high gun violence

2015-12-02 06:00

SOUTH AFRICA’s homicide rate is six times higher than the global average.

“Firearms are responsible for many of these deaths, with the latest mortuary data showing that 18 people are shot dead every day in South Africa,” said Gareth Newham, Head of the Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division, at a seminar hosted by Gun Free South Africa.

Despite the Firearms Control Act (FCA) saving thousands of lives, Newham warned that gun violence in South Africa remains worryingly high.

According to research conducted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Medical Research Council, the FCA has improved and advanced the future of the country.

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

Furthermore, the number of women shot and killed declined, from 32% to a significant 17%, thanks to the FCA.

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