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Call the Police? Across Africa, Citizens Point to Police and Government Performance Issues on Crime

"Crime and insecurity are major challenges in African countries, threats to both national development and individual quality of life. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, which assesses countries’ safety and security as part of national wealth…

Anti-Terrorism Measures in South Africa: Suspicious Transaction Reporting and Human Rights

The consistent increase in terrorist acts continues to be a major drawback to the development of countries. Terrorism became a serious risk and poses a huge threat to society. There are two factors that exacerbate this threat: first is the challeng…

“The Anti-Corruption Mandates of the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice and the Serious Fraud Office: A Duplication of Functions?”

"In recognition of corruption as a major obstacle to development, Ghana has over the past 18 years of the current constitutional dispensation initiated some useful institutional reforms and created a number of new constitutional and statutory watchd…

Failure to Tap the Service Potential of South African police reservists

"Reservists have worked in the South African Police Service (SAPS) for over fifty years, yet little is known about them, and no research has been conducted into how they can be utilised to help in the fight against not only South Africa’s high level…

On the Margins The City of Cape Town and Organised Crime

In this policy brief the following theme is explored: how the design of the city has affected the way criminal networks impact on governance in Cape Town. It does not purport to be comprehensive, though serves as an initial starting point for furthe…

Mapping Crime Networks in Southern Africa

The purpose of this policy brief is to support policies and measures against organised crime that are comprehensive, effective and sustainable. It specifically looks at the gathering, structuring, interpretation and use of data on crime networks and…

A Network of Violence Mapping a Criminal Gang Network in Cape Town

The study examined the characteristics of the structure, actors involved and types of interactions of a criminal network formed by a gang operating in Cape Town, South Africa. The analysis is based on data gathered from a case judgement in the Weste…

Counting the Covert Using Data to Understand Corruption in South Africa

Concern about corruption in South Africa has increased in recent years. There is often a lack of specificity when it is widely discussed. To address this problem a greater degree of precision is needed as to when corruption is reported on or analys…

Cape Town's Underworld Mapping a Protection Racket in the Central Business District

This paper discusses the characteristics of the structure, actors involved and the types of interactions and institutional effects of a criminal network. In this case study it is focused on security racketeering in Cape Town, South Africa. The ana…

The AU’s Cybercrime Response: A Positive Start, but Substantial Challenges ahead

Increasingly the private sector, individuals and African governments rely on the Internet to conduct sensitive transactions and store important data. African states are lagging behind in strengthening cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime. Cyber …

Protector or Predator? Tackling Police Corruption in South Africa

"This monograph reflects international and local research and findings about the causes of police corruption and applies them in explaining why police corruption is a persistent challenge in South Africa. This allows for an understanding of how and …

Corruption in the South African Police Service Civilian Perceptions and Experiences

"This paper has sought to detail the experiences and discourse that inform the current widespread lack of trust and public perception of corruption in the SAPS. The ordinary citizens who participated in this study proposed strongly that the simples…

National and International Perspectives on Crime and Policing Towards a Coherent Strategy for Crime Reduction in South Africa Beyond 2010

"This paper consists of three parts in considering the issue of crime reduction. First, we focus on theoretical perspectives of crime reduction and then we engage in the debate about ‘Why crime rates fell’ in many Western countries. The final part t…

Policing in South Africa 2010 and Beyond

"Dr Cilliers officially opened the workshop and began his presentation by noting the many exciting developments in policing in the recent past, starting with the appointment of the Honourable Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the National Commissioner of …

Crime and Policing in Transitions: Comparative Perspectives

“The following discussion broadly reflects the debate which took place at the conference. It does not attempt to be a summary of all the papers presented but instead seeks to give a flavour of both the issues discussed and some of the tentative conc…

The New Urban Paradigm: A Radical Departure in City Management

This report describes and analyses the significant new approach to managing cities which developed in the US. The best known feature is the zero tolerance approach to crime. This approach to crime prevention is just one aspect of a comprehensive fra…

Peacekeeping and Post-Conflict Criminality Challenges to the (re-) establishment of Rule of Law in Liberia

"The paper presents a critical review of criminality as one of the major challenges facing post-conflict Liberia.The criminality peacekeeping nexus is also explored with a view of establishing the link between UNMILís presence in Liberia and increas…

Who is most at risk? Victimisation Trends in the 2007 National Crime and Victimisation Survey

"This paper explores whether there are factors that may place some people at greater risk of experiencing crime in South African than others. The paper is one of a series of papers presenting the findings of the National Crime and Victimisation Su…

The International Criminal Court and its work in Africa: Confronting the myths

"This paper is an attempt to grapple with certain myths that have recently been propagated by a number of individuals, including government officials, political leaders and civil society members (including the media), regarding the world’s first pe…

The Dynamics of Crime Comparing the Results from the 1998, 2003 and 2007 National Crime and Victimisation Surveys

"In 2007 the Institute for Security Studies conducted a national crime and victimisation survey. The survey followed on from two earlier victim surveys conducted by the ISS and Statistics South Africa in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Together, these t…

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