Guns for hire: Mapping the source of South Africa's deadly illicit firearm trade

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Getty Images

From renting out legal firearms for criminal activities and selling stolen state-issued firearms or fraudulent gun licences, to the loss or theft of guns from both the state and the public, South Africa has more than two million illegal guns in circulation.

A new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has used existing data and interviews to map out the illicit firearm economy in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Research conducted in 2017 by the Small Arms Survey estimated that about 3.8 million unregistered illegal firearms were in circulation in these countries.

Support independent journalism
Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. You can cancel any time.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
48% - 348 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
21% - 150 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
31% - 229 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.45
+0.8%
Rand - Pound
19.96
+0.6%
Rand - Euro
16.82
+0.7%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.85
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.8%
Gold
1,781.92
+0.7%
Silver
24.31
+2.7%
Palladium
2,073.50
-1.4%
Platinum
1,054.00
+1.1%
Brent Crude
85.08
+0.9%
Top 40
60,348
+0.3%
All Share
66,895
+0.2%
Resource 10
63,203
-0.1%
Industrial 25
85,486
+0.6%
Financial 15
14,008
-0.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE