SA crime trends are bleak, but at least we have the data
Murder is up, police morale is down, and reform is imperative. But precisely what is broken in the South African Police Service (SAPS), and how will we know when it’s improving?
Without defining the problem, well-intentioned activities risk missing their mark. Progress in crime and policing requires data, partnerships and leaders willing to focus attention on when, where and around whom harm is greatest. Crime and policing in South Africa are in a dire state, but the SAPS’ willingness to share some information with the public gives a faint silver lining to an otherwise dark cloud.
What’s behind violence in South Africa: a sociologist’s perspective
South Africa has a long history of violence. The 2018 Global Peace Index listed South Africa as one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth, and getting worse.
Such a culture of violence is hard to stop, especially when it has become a legitimised and institutionalised form of coercion.
Violence against women is staggeringly high in South Africa – a different way of thinking about it is needed
South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The latest police figures show that 10,818 rape cases were reported in the first quarter of 2022. The country has among the highest rape incidence in the world.
How can gender-based violence in the country be reduced?
Why have South Africans been on a looting rampage? Research offers insights
There have been suggestions that the current disorder is akin to a rebellion of the poor brought about by acute food insecurity. Research findings on looting, nonetheless, suggest that such phenomena are rarely caused by one thing. Rather, it’s often the outcome of various factors.
Summary of the SaferSpaces Online Conference: Preventing Violence in South Africa - From policy making to evidence-based implementation
In a series of webinars on the 7th and 8th of June, we drew from the existing evidence, experience and expertise of the civil society, academia and government sector in the prevention of violence and discussed how this could be utilised for the evidence-based implementation of the most relevant South African safety policy frameworks.
Mind-body approaches for healing after sexual violence
This blog shares findings of the Knowledge Exchange along with discussions and resources shared during the webinar: Healing from Sexual Violence: Body-focused mental health approaches.
Civic Engagement in Uncertain Times
In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, issues surrounding individuals’ ability to engage with their communities locally or nationally has come into question as societal inequalities have been exacerbated and people isolated from one another.
Lessons in preventing violent protest in South Africa
Good communication and respectful responses to local service delivery problems can prevent anger and violence.