|South Africa||CHURCH SEEKS 'GUN-FREE ZONES'|
Catholic parishes in South Africa have decided to promote "gun-free zones" in an effort to stem the tide of gun violence, which claims over 30 lives each day, making the country one of the most violent in the world.
Michael Moses, a volunteer at St Martin de Porres Parish in Geluksdal, near Johannesburg, said: "We are trying to instil the idea that guns are not a status symbol. People often think that owning a gun gives them the right to say and do as they like."
Parishioners of Geluksdal and 18 other parishes in Soweto are promoting the gun-free zones.
They are members of an inter-religious forum set up by the Geluksdal community to address problems such as illiteracy, gangs, alcohol abuse and unemployment.
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