Tag Archives: South Africa

Drinking & driving in South Africa

Stricter penalties and limits have been proposed in South Africa to reduce drunk driving. This column argues that current laws are already sufficient though perhaps under-enforced, ┬ábut what is mainly needed is more education and a shift in social values … Continue reading

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Murders, organized crime up in South Africa

Murder has increased 20% over the past 4 years in South Africa and hijackings have seen double-digit increases 3 years in a row, according to this article. A new acting national police commissioner was appointed last October, though, and experts … Continue reading

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Police struggle in South Africa

This article describes the condition of police in South Africa 22 years after apartheid. Public trust has increased and the demographics of the police service now mirror the society. But concerns about corruption and excessive force remain, and many see … Continue reading

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SAPS making progress

This commentary identifies positive developments in the South African Police Service since a change in leadership last October. The new commissioner has emphasized a “back to basics” approach in order to reestablish proper and consistent policing.

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Caracas most violent city in 2014

Caracas, Venezuela achieved the dubious honor of world’s most violent city in 2014, based on homicide rates, according to this article. Of the top 50, 41 were in Latin America and none were outside the Americas other than 4 cities … Continue reading

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Commissions of inquiry in South Africa

The South African Crime Quarterly has published a special issue focused on two recent commissions of inquiry into the effectiveness and professionalism of SAPS, the South African Police Service, including one article subtitled “Why police leadership matters.” The entire issue … Continue reading

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Reform plans in South Africa

This column reports some growing political support for changes in the South African Police Service (SAPS) and discusses some of the reasons why earlier reforms were not as successful as hoped.

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