Tag Archives: South Africa

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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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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