Blog – Coronavirus

Coronavirus – Blog

Safety in numbers

21 Aug 2020 | by Western Cape Department of Community Safety

The WCG Whole of Government Targeted Hotspot Plan works to change individual and community behaviour to slow the spread of COVID-19 in high-population, high-transmission areas. Community Safety, in partnership with lead departments and other spheres of government, has taken proactive measures to protect communities and save lives.

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The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa

04 Aug 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative

Various research reports have shown the devastating effect that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations have had on large segments of the South African population, in which there have been alarming increases in poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, hunger and domestic violence. These dynamics are likely to transform the current crime crisis into a crime catastrophe in the medium term

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Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

03 Jul 2020 | by Elizabeth Dartnall | Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)Anik Gevers | Independent Consultant, Chandre Gould | Institute for Security Studies| Institute for Security Studies, Angelica Pino

The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting to believe that in South Africa, unlike many other countries, lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic reduced family and domestic violence. Reliable data is useful but the priority is ensuring survivors have access to high-quality support and services.

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Africa’s children deserve justice and protection

22 Jun 2020 | by Jude Thaddeus Njikem | Sonke Gender Justice

Every child has a right to education, best attainable standards of health, and protection from abuse, torture and labour which interfere with the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development. However, Covid-19 has had an adverse effect on the rights and welfare of children in Africa. For many children who now stay at home, other impending risks include harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and being forced into early (child) marriage. Domestic and sexual violence also continue to be a significant concern.

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Gender-based violence during lockdown: looking for answers

Why is South Africa not showing the rise in domestic violence cases reported elsewhere in the world?

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Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19

20 Apr 2020 | by Johan Burger | Institute for Security Studies

Rapid steps taken in SA to combat the coronavirus didn’t allow sufficient planning or training of security forces.

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Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19

08 Apr 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative

There is a menu of compliance strategies and tactics against Covid-19 from which to choose, and indeed there are no easy choices. The South African government has opted for a range of strict and arguably repressive practices to be employed by the security forces. Why were such choices made, especially when most other constitutional democracies have not (yet) adopted such a heavy-handed response? Part of the answer is linked to a deep-seated culture of punitiveness amongst the South African elite in terms of how ordinary South Africans (especially the poor) should be governed, combined with the militarisation of social control, particularly policing.

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