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What does the 2017 Refugee Amendment Act mean for Asylum Seekers and Refugees living in South Africa?

02 Nov 2018 | by Popo Mfubu | Refugee Rights Clinic, University of Cape Town

The changes proposed in the Refugees Amendment Bill are arguably an attempt to narrow the content and scope of refugee protection in South Africa and, in some respect, limit the rights afforded to asylum seekers and refugees. This piece discusses why the Refugees Amendment Act is so terrible and what effect will it have.

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Killing of women and children sees massive increase in SAPS crime statistics

11 Sep 2018 | by Institute for Security Studies

Police, on Tuesday 11 September, reported the killing of women increased 11% in the year to end March 2018, with 20% more boys (under 18 years) murdered compared to the previous 12 months.

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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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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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How evidence-based policing reduces crime in South Africa

When the SAPS implements clear strategies based on research, it has considerable success. Gareth Newham, of the Institute for Security Studies, discusses how evidence-based policing reduces crime in South Africa.

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The role of the police in crime prevention: Unpacking the 2016 White Papers on Policing, Safety & Security

The adoption of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security and the 2016 White Paper on Policing mark an important shift in conversations around crime and violence in South Africa, specifically regarding the role of the police in prevention, and the need to address the underlying causes of crime and violence.

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Round-up: Crime Stats 2014/15 – All you need to know

07 Oct 2015

On Tuesday, 29 September 2015, the latest crime stats were released. This article presents a round-up of key trends, of insightful articles and analyses as well as key issues and recommendations that emerged from the analyses.

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