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Fortress Kruger to Fortified communities? The Impact of Green Militarization on Communities

22 Feb 2018 | by Samantha Sithole

Environmental groups alongside international organisations have advocated for an immediate and effective approach to save the rhino through the eradication of poaching. Although there have been attempts by SANParks to integrate communities with conservation and natural resources, militarization has instead resulted in their alienation due to the violent and coercive nature of anti-poaching efforts.

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SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new leader

22 Feb 2018 | by Peter Fabricus, Institute for Security Studies Consultant

After two controversial previous terms, will South Africa vote differently under Cyril Ramaphosa?

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Leadership is not the NPA's only challenge

19 Feb 2018 | by Lauren Tracey-Temba, Institute for Security Studies

Budget cuts have undermined prosecutors’ ability to deliver justice in South Africa.

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Budgeting to end violence?

South Africa’s tough budget choices must not leave the country less safe and disadvantage future generations.

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Do foreigners really commit SA’s most violent crimes?

Statements by Gauteng’s police head promote xenophobia and could provoke violence against foreigners.

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What do we know about murder in South Africa?

For a country with one of the highest global murder rates, little is publicly known about the murder trends.

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Crime stats – the devil is in the detail

01 Nov 2017 | by Guy Lamb, Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town (UCT SaVI)

The aggregate manner in which the crime data and statistics are presented masks the disproportionate nature of violent crime in South Africa, which for decades has been concentrated in about 20 per cent of police precincts. Most of these high crime precincts are densely populated, infrastructurally marginalised and characterised by elevated levels of poverty. Therefore, in seeking to gauge a more informed analysis of crime a focus on high crime precincts provides a more enlightening touchstone for the state of violent crime in South Africa.

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Private security in Africa: time to regulate the bad and harness the good

26 Oct 2017 | by Julie Berg, Institute for Safety Governance and Criminology (UCT SafGo)

Julie Berg, Director of the Institute for Safety Governance and Criminology (UCT SafGo), discusses how we should consider innovative possibilities in aligning private security to the public interest in ways that promote safety.

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Police not coping with serious violent crime

24 Oct 2017 | by Institute for Security Studies

A steady rise in murder and armed robbery shows police are not getting a grip on serious violent crime in South Africa, despite a budget increased by almost 50% since 2011/12 to R87 billion.

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What story will South Africa’s latest crime stats tell?

11 Oct 2017 | by Lizette Lancaster and Nthato Ntsoko, Institute for Security Studies

In this blog, Lizette Lancaster and Nthato Ntsoko discuss how the soon to be released 2017 SAPS crime statistics will likely paint a worrying but incomplete picture of the crime situation in South Africa.

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