Statements by Gauteng’s police head promote xenophobia and could provoke violence against foreigners.
For a country with one of the highest global murder rates, little is publicly known about the murder trends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this blog, Bafana Khumalo discusses the need for evidence, action and accountability if we are to effectively address the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.
Rape Crisis has been running a peer education programme in schools for over a decade, aimed at challenging the attitudes and social norms that promote sexual violence. This blog discusses how Rape Crisis made use of GIZ’s Toolkit for Participatory Planning to refine and reshape the peer educator programme, enabling the programme to be more effective and have a more sustainable impact.
The number of poaching incidents has tripled in Southern Africa since 2010, endangering lives, threatening communities and undermining the local economy. Ahead of World Rhino Day, the Institute for Security Studies held a seminar which called for new ways to understand and combat wildlife crime.
South Africa desperately needs an ambitious, fully-costed and multi-sectoral plan that effectively addresses the factors that give rise to gender-based violence, and that provides comprehensive services to survivors of violence. Gender-based violence need not be a South African reality.