Learn about the main causes for the high levels of violence and crime in South Africa. Expand your understanding of violence and how it can be prevented. Get an overview of South African policy frameworks and strategies in place for promoting safer communities.

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Crime in institutions of higher learning

Evolving dynamics within higher learning institutions have had sever impacts on safety on campuses. Students often face victimisation during their academic pursuit. Theft, burglary, and sexual assault are the most problematic crimes. This piece aims to conceptualise crime on campuses and explore the perceptions of students about the nature of campus crime.

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Crime in institutions of higher learning

Evolving dynamics within higher learning institutions have had sever impacts on safety on campuses. Students often face victimisation during their academic pursuit. Theft, burglary, and sexual assault are the most problematic crimes. This piece aims to conceptualise crime on campuses and explore the perceptions of students about the nature of campus crime.

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Road Safety in the South African Context

South Africa has a high road fatality burden a 25.1 fatalities per 100 000 population. Children and young breadwinners (aged 20-34) are the leading victims of this road safety epidemic, whether the use the South African roads as pedestrians, passengers, drivers, or cyclists. Improving road safety would consequently reduce the unacceptably high road fatality burden in South Africa.

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Road Safety in the South African Context

South Africa has a high road fatality burden a 25.1 fatalities per 100 000 population. Children and young breadwinners (aged 20-34) are the leading victims of this road safety epidemic, whether the use the South African roads as pedestrians, passengers, drivers, or cyclists. Improving road safety would consequently reduce the unacceptably high road fatality burden in South Africa.

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Police Brutality in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is experiencing an influx of cases of police brutality. More than 5 500 cases of police criminal offences are reported every year. This piece aims to promote an understanding of police brutality in South Africa.

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Police Brutality in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is experiencing an influx of cases of police brutality. More than 5 500 cases of police criminal offences are reported every year. This piece aims to promote an understanding of police brutality in South Africa.

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School-based violence: the context and impacts

Numerous studies on school violence have reached consensus that this phenomenon adversely affects learners and limits their capability to perform well at school. However, many studies have blindly ignored the reality that educators are also affected by school violence. This piece aims to create understanding about school-based violence within context.

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School-based violence: the context and impacts

Numerous studies on school violence have reached consensus that this phenomenon adversely affects learners and limits their capability to perform well at school. However, many studies have blindly ignored the reality that educators are also affected by school violence. This piece aims to create understanding about school-based violence within context.

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The state of public transport in South Africa

Several pressing issues will need to be addressed for a more inclusive, accessible, and effective system of public transport to exist in South Africa. This article identifies the challenges related to public transport as well as amicable solutions to public transport problems in the South African context.

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The state of public transport in South Africa

Several pressing issues will need to be addressed for a more inclusive, accessible, and effective system of public transport to exist in South Africa. This article identifies the challenges related to public transport as well as amicable solutions to public transport problems in the South African context.

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Gender-Based Violence at Higher Education Institutions in South Africa

In 2016, numerous protests around the country, many of which concerned sexual violence on campus, once again brought the issue of gender-based violence (GBV) at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), to the media’s attention as well to the attention of the general South African public.This thematic paper addresses the key characteristics and complex nature of GBV at HEIs; the risk factors for and protective factors against GBV on campuses; the consequences of gender-based violence at HEIs; the entry-points for addressing GBV; and the challenges in addressing it.  Ultimately, given the complexity of GBV at HEIs, a comprehensive approach goes beyond mere punitive measures to addressing direct violence. An effective, multi-faceted approach must deal with both the latent and manifest individual, societal and institutional factors which enable and exacerbate GBV at HEIs.

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Gender-Based Violence at Higher Education Institutions in South Africa

In 2016, numerous protests around the country, many of which concerned sexual violence on campus, once again brought the issue of gender-based violence (GBV) at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), to the media’s attention as well to the attention of the general South African public.This thematic paper addresses the key characteristics and complex nature of GBV at HEIs; the risk factors for and protective factors against GBV on campuses; the consequences of gender-based violence at HEIs; the entry-points for addressing GBV; and the challenges in addressing it.  Ultimately, given the complexity of GBV at HEIs, a comprehensive approach goes beyond mere punitive measures to addressing direct violence. An effective, multi-faceted approach must deal with both the latent and manifest individual, societal and institutional factors which enable and exacerbate GBV at HEIs.

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The need for a different approach to policing illegal drugs…

South Africa needs to change the way in which drugs and drug use are spoken about in general discourse and the public media. This can help reduce harms that use these narratives as a justification for the use of force and punishment.People become addicted to drugs, often because their realities are unbearable. Given just a little space, however, and the most basic of opportunities (even if this means only not further excluding them), drugs not only lose their lustre, but ultimately their necessity.

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The need for a different approach to policing illegal drugs…

South Africa needs to change the way in which drugs and drug use are spoken about in general discourse and the public media. This can help reduce harms that use these narratives as a justification for the use of force and punishment.People become addicted to drugs, often because their realities are unbearable. Given just a little space, however, and the most basic of opportunities (even if this means only not further excluding them), drugs not only lose their lustre, but ultimately their necessity.

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