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Integration in Action: Nelson Mandela Bay

  • 20 Jun 2023 | by Ryan Hoffmann (GIZ)

The experience of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro offers valuable lessons on the challenges and opportunities which come with the implementation of an integrated approach to violence and crime prevention.

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What’s behind violence in South Africa: a sociologist’s perspective

  • 06 Feb 2023 | by Lindy Heinecken | Stellenbosch University

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…

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Violence against women is staggeringly high in South Africa – a different way of thinking about it i

  • 27 Jan 2023 | by Amanda Gouws | Stellenbosch University

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?

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The war on women and children in South Africa

  • 15 Oct 2020 | by Kammila Naidoo

The family is the site of extremely violent incidents in South African society—particularly involving women and children. What can the state do?

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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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Ramaphosa’s plans aren’t enough to adequately tackle violent crime in South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa used his State of the Nation Address on February 7 to outline his relatively new government’s actions and plans. However, the crime prevention strategies he outlined were somewhat stale. Most, especially those related to policing and gender-based violence, have been tried before. They yielded few…

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Religious organisations should help combat violence against the LGBTQIA+ community

  • 12 Oct 2018 | by Hanzline R. Davids | Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM)

Religious communities in South Africa are often violent towards the LGBTQIA+ community. The forms of violence are wide-ranging. Faith communities are called to be healers and agents of justice. Therefore, listening to LGBTQIA+ people’s stories is one way to combat the stereotypes, bias and prejudice that nurtures violence.

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Alex youth take on gun violence

  • 04 Oct 2018 | by Sara Chitambo | Gun Free South Africa

Several youth from Alexandra township, who work as part of the Alex FM youth reporters network in partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the Children’s Radio Foundation, decided that this year’s youth day commemoration on June 16th would be dedicated to making their community a safer place by organising…

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Services and screening for victims of violence

  • 20 Sep 2018 | by Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA)

Two separate pieces of research published by the Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) highlight the need for services and screening for victims of gender based violence as a critical part of the country’s HIV response.

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South Africa is at war with itself

South African society is becoming more, not less, violent. This was confirmed by the 2017/18 crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) yesterday. Violence affects all South Africans, with the greatest impact on people who are black and poor. Young black men have the highest chance of…

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