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Global trends, nationalism and xenophobia

In many countries, migration has also consistently been framed in the context of combating crime, where migrants are portrayed as criminals and ‘illegal’, furthering the process of ‘othering’ of migrants

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The Role of Taxi Associations as Agents of Social Control and Community Policing

05 Mar 2018 | by Azwi Netshikulwe, Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

On the 27th of February 2018, the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town hosted a seminar with Azwi Netshikulwe and Ncedo Mngqibisa from the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), titled The role of taxi associations as agents of social control and community policing. The researchers presented a case study of the role taxi associations play in community policing and social control in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha and Du Noon, in Cape Town.

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Developed countries must commit to ending violence against children

All children are vulnerable to violence, yet wealthy countries lag behind in global efforts to solve it.

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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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