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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 simpl...

Oversight Agencies in South Africa and the Challenge of Police Corruption

"This paper outlines the challenge of tackling corruption in the SAPS. It then sketches the history and structure of three of South Africa’s main police oversight bodies: parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police, the Secretariat for police, and...

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...

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 o...

Response to International Pressure: Realistic Options for the Future

In this brief report, Dr RW Bethlehem says that it is neither possible to talk about international pressure without dealing with domestic issues, nor possible to talk, in present circumstances, about economics without also getting involved in poli...

Understanding the IPID Mandate for Addressing Police Corruption

"The workshop objective was to explore how the soon-to-be-established IPID should interpret and engage with its mandate. This report presents the inputs and deliberations of the five workshop sessions. In the first session, three researchers spok...

Seeking Peace in Somalia A Review of the Impact of AMISOM Police

"The challenge of making and keeping peace in Somalia, Dr Kisiangani observed, is also about how to strike the right balance between the need for achieving peace in the country and addressing external concerns, including those of Ethiopia (i.e. ...

Inside View Police Officials’ Perceptions of Corruption and Integrity Management at Three Gauteng SAPS Stations in 2009

"This paper describes and compares three case studies conducted at Gauteng police stations in 2009. It asks whether and how the Corruption and Fraud Prevention Plan of the South African Police Service (SAPS) was being implemented at these statio...

Marching to a different tune: Political change and police transformation in South Africa and Northern Ireland

"The process of police transformation in societies undergoing transition is an issue of some importance, This has certainly been the case in both South Africa and Northern Ireland where questions of policing change are critical to the success of t...

Combating Corruption in Tanzania : Perception and Experience

"This bulletin reports the findings of the most recent, 2005, Afrobarometer survey on a variety of issues relating to corruption, including public understandings of what constitutes corruption, evaluations of the government’s anti-corruption effor...

Failing to Prosecute? Assessing the State of the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa

"The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is pivotal not only in the criminal justice system, but also in the proper functioning of South Africa’s democracy. This monograph focuses on the independence, accountability and performance of the NPA in ...

Professionalism and the South African Police Service: What is it and how can it help build safer communities?

"This paper does not seek to offer new empirical data informing the police professionalism debate. Instead, it explores the idea of a professional police agency while probing what the concept might mean in the South African context. Some of its fo...

'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 ...

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