This article highlight lack of safety experienced by Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and other residents of informal settlements when making use of either shared communal flush toilets, “temporary” chemical toilets (outside of the home) or clearings to relieve themselves. As a result the SJC has consistently campaigned for a greater budget share to ensure that access to safe and dignified sanitation is progressively realized.
Much of the crime and violence that is perpetrated in South Africa, and indeed around the world, is enabled and exacerbated by substance abuse. This makes addressing substance use and abuse, an essential component of any violence prevention initiative.
The adoption of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security and the 2016 White Paper on Policing mark an important shift in conversations around crime and violence in South Africa, specifically regarding the role of the police in prevention, and the need to address the underlying causes of crime and violence.
The key to stemming the tide of child and youth victimisation is bearing in mind the complete inventory of victimisations that may co-occur during childhood. This will ensure that the diverse array of underlying causes of child victimisation will be addressed, rather than merely addressing the symptoms.
An important means by which researchers and practitioners may begin to move away from conceptualising youth safety in such rigid ways is to develop a relevant mode of youth-centric communicative expression.
Due to its multi-faceted nature, the elimination of violence in schools calls for the engagement of all members of the school community. The whole school approach to violence prevention attempts to achieve this, addressing school violence as a collective rather than individual challenge and involving the school community, parents, organisations and the local community
What is needed for South Africa, and other countries with high rates of violence and limited resources, is a brief parenting intervention that can be delivered relatively inexpensively by lay personnel, that simultaneously targets the risk factors for child aggression shown. One intervention that may satisfy these requirements is training carers in ‘dialogic’ book-sharing.
Across the world, Gun Free Zones are used as a tool to reduce armed violence and promote public safety in communities. It is time for GFZ to be fully implemented in South Africa to make our communities safer.
By addressing the root causes of poverty and illustrating the clear link between peace, security, justice and sustainable development, the SDGs may support South Africa in focusing on a holistic, urban approach towards violence prevention.
Critical thinking is essential for both solving maths problem and deciding to find alternatives to violence in one’s daily life. Yet these skills is rarely the focus of violence prevention programmes - an opportunity that is generally missed.