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Liberia: Uneven Progress in Security Sector Reform

Excerpt: "Since independence and for fourteen years of war, Liberia’s army, police and other security agencies have mostly been sources of insecurity and misery for a destitute people. The internationally driven attempt to radically reform the sec...

'Inspecting' the SAPS National Inspectorate

"Internal oversight is available within the SAPS in the form of the National Inspectorate. This is a division of the police tasked to conduct inspections and evaluations of police stations and specialist police units as well as investigations of ...

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...

South Africans’ Perceptions of the Police and the Courts Results of the 2007 National Victims of Crime Survey

"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...

Addressing the Challenges of Law Enforcement in Africa Policing in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"Policing lies at the heart of any effective criminal justice system, and many of the challenges faced by judicial systems in Africa directly confront police forces on a daily basis. Increasing populations and rising crime rates confronted by und...

Prosecution in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"Prosecutors are primarily responsible for preparing charges and arraigning accused persons before competent courts or tribunals for trial. The primary duty of the prosecutor ‘is to seek justice as well as to convict those who are guilty’. In an i...

Private Security Sector in Africa: Country series

"As the debate around the private security industry continues, Africa in principle should not be isolated from it, because, if not properly understood, let alone effectively regulated, the industry could cause a major security threat to Africa. As...

The Justice Sector Afterthought : Witness Protection in Africa

"This book seeks to address the frictions between protecting the rights of accused persons and protecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of witnesses in Africa.Developed states are still attempting to refine the weighing of these two p...

At the Margins of SSR: Gender and Informal Justice

"The joint CIGI and North-South Institute conference, 'At the Margins of SSR: Gender and Informal Justice', aimed to increase awareness of gender and informal justice, two areas of security sector reform (SSR) that have often been overlooked. The ...

Organised crime in Southern Africa First annual review

"The report shows that the more serious forms of crime in terms of the monetary value involved or the potential harm they cause have a transnational dimension, both in terms of being committed by people of varying nationalities and in terms of af...

A Survey of Crime Victims in Benin

"This victim survey raises a number of issues about crime control strategies in the country. The government should improve its crime-fighting strategies, in both rural and urban areas in order to ensure the security of citizens. Such measures sho...

Enforcement of Environmental Crime Laws A Framework Training Manual for Law Enforcement Agencies

"This manual is intended for national trainers on environmental crime in Eastern and Southern Africa. It seeks to enable such trainers to equip police officers and other actors involved in fighting environmental crimes with knowledge and understa...

Domestic Terrorism in Africa: Defining, Addressing and Understanding its Impact on Human Security

"This report contains some of the papers that were presented at the fourth seminar of the ‘Understanding terrorism in Africa’ series. The seminar, held under the theme of ‘Understanding domestic terrorism in Africa’, took place in Accra, Ghana fr...

Policing in South Africa in 2007: Key Issues and Developments

"In November 2007 the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) organised a conference on key issues and developments on policing in South Africa,funded by the Open Society Foundation of South Africa and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. An important theme ...

The Khampepe Commission The Future of the Scorpions at Stake

"While hearings at the Khampepe Commission received extensive media coverage, very few from the research community have written to provide insights into the drama that unfolded during proceedings at the commission. This paper is therefore intended...

Confronting the Proceeds of Crime in Southern Africa An Introspection

"Prevention is intricately connected to the enforcement of the law against money laundering itself. Included under the structure of law enforcement is the requirement to define and criminalise money laundering connected to as wide a range of econo...

City Blues Corruption and Corruption Management in South Africa’s Metropolitan Police Departments

"This paper sheds light on how corruption (or ‘integrity management’ as it is sometimes called) is approached within each of the six major metro police departments. Section 1 gives background on corruption among metropolitan police generally and ...

South Africa: Strengthening Civilian Oversight over the Police in South Africa: The National and Provincial Secretariats for Safety and Security

"The national and provincial secretariats for Safety and Security were originally intended to provide civilian oversight and monitoring of the South African Police Service(SAPS). Ten years after the secretariats came into existence, the authors u...

Money Laundering in Southern Africa Incidence, Magnitude and Prospects for its Control

"This paper does not seek to highlight or explain the perceptions of the financial sector or those of any other organisation concerned with combating money laundering; it rather explores some of the key issues at the heart of contemporary con...

Diamonds and Other Precious Stones in Armed Conflicts and Law Enforcement Co-operation in Southern Africa

"This paper attempts to contribute to the continuing debate. It discusses the linkage between armed conflicts and extractive resources generally and specifically with reference to Southern Africa. The challenges arising from that linkage are then ...

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