Mass shootings: tackling one of South Africa’s established crime problems

Incidents of gunmen shooting at groups of people spark fear and concern about whether they can be stopped.

05 AUG 2022  

Event details

Date: 2022-08-05

Time: 10:00 to 11:30

Venue: Online via Zoom

Event Enquiry: Helen Chanda, Email:

The recent murder of 16 people by gunmen at a tavern in Gauteng has put mass shootings on the map, but such offences are fairly common. Between 2017/18 and 2019/20, police recorded 314 incidents where three or more people were killed in a single attack. It is worrying that these crimes increased by almost 50% in that period.

This seminar will explore what can be done to address this growing trend.

Moderator: Dr Nwabisa Shai, Specialist Scientist, Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council


  • Prof Irvin Kinnes, Centre for Criminology, University of Cape Town
  • Dr Guy Lamb, Stellenbosch University and National Planning Commission
  • Ziyanda Stuurman, Author of Can We Be Safe? The Future of Policing in South Africa

Image: © Emmanuel Croset / AFP

This seminar is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Open Society Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

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