Tag Archives: South Africa

Civil society & anti-corruption

An experienced prosecutor with international experience has been selected to head South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. As described here, her appointment and that of new police leadership in the country has been more transparent than in the past, allowing input … Continue reading

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Unfair allocation of police in South Africa

This article reports a court ruling in South Africa that “police resource allocation in the Western Cape unfairly discriminates against black and poor people.” Evidence in the case showed that wealthier white suburbs got more protection from the national police … Continue reading

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Vigilantism in South Africa

This article reports serious vigilantism challenges in South Africa. Officials say the country’s police are 62,000 short with the poorest communities suffering badly from lack of police protection. Some have turned to vigilante groups, which showed initial success but then … Continue reading

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ANC gets sober crime prevention advice

This column reports pre-election advice delivered to the ruling ANC in South Africa by the independent Institute for Security Studies. Officials were urged to rely on evidence-based crime-reduction strategies, focus on improving police behavior, and “support the creation of a … Continue reading

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Women in UN peacekeeping

This column recommends increased female participation in UN peacekeeping missions, currently at 4% for military and 10% for police. It notes that “Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness … Continue reading

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More due process, less murder

This article summarizes a cross-national study of 89 countries that found two factors associated with having a lower murder rate — fewer young males and more due process of law. Having the death penalty or being more democratic had little … Continue reading

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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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