Tag Archives: South Africa

Smarter policing in South Africa

This column offers support for recent targeting by police in South Africa on organised and repeat violent crimes such as heists, hijackings, and house robberies. But it observes that the current approach overlooks 90% of the country’s violent crime, and … Continue reading

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Public trust in South Africa

This column reflects on the stated priorities of South Africa’s new national police commissioner and argues that public trust needs to be at the top. It notes that “For most of the past decade, levels of public approval in SAPS … Continue reading

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Most murderous cities

This article and map identify the world’s 50 deadliest cities in 2016. There is certainly a pattern — 43 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 in the mainland U.S., and 3 in South Africa. Cities in Mexico, Brazil, … Continue reading

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Questioning resource allocation in South Africa

Activists in South Africa have initiated legal action claiming that police resource allocation favors wealthier and white communities over poorer and black communities. This article reports the government’s defense of their police staffing decisions while this article reports the activist … Continue reading

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Black Mamba anti-poaching unit

This article from National Geographic profiles the all-female Black Mamba anti-poaching unit in South Africa. The unarmed women patrol a protected area on the edge of Kruger National Park and are crediting with a substantial reduction in wildlife snaring and … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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Choosing SAPS and Hawks leaders

Two leading NGOs in South Africa have launched a campaign to pressure the government for more transparency and higher standards when filling current vacancies to head the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks). … Continue reading

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