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Crime and Crime Prevention in South Africa: 10 Years After

"This article argues that South Africa’s criminal justice system has performed well considering the challenges it has faced since 1994. The task now is to deal with increasingly negative public perceptions of safety and renew efforts to prevent crim…

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 t…

A Place for Tradition in an Effective Criminal Justice System Customary Justice in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"This policy brief summarises research made in three African states into both the official and informal roles of customary law and attitudes towards it. The research aims to understand the role custom currently plays in African legal systems and the…

The Criminal Justice System in Zambia

"This policy brief discusses the efficacy of Zambia’s criminal justice system by focusing primarily on crime, policing, prosecution, the judiciary, prison service, customary justice and international instruments. Virtually all these facets share th…

Symposium on ‘The ICC that Africa wants' 9-10 November 2009, Spier Hotel Stellenbosch, Key outcomes and recommendations

"The report reflects on key issues that were raised and provides recommendations developed by the authors that draw on the rich and diverse presentations and discussions at the symposium. This report and its recommendations therefore reflect the vi…

A Survey of Crime Victims in Sierra Leone May to June 2008

"The crime victimisation survey conducted in Sierra Leone was part of a broader review of the empirical evidence on the state of crime and criminal justice and its impact on the political processes in four other African countries – Zambia, Tanzania,…

Rape: A Rising Crisis and Reality for the Women in Somalia

Somali women are the economic backbone in Somali society and in recent years have assumed more prevailing position as breadwinners of many families. They are the bond that holds families together. They are, however, marginalized and underrepresented…

Investigating Corruption in South Africa: Cooperation or Conflict?

The Hawks are supposed to be the principal body for investigating corruption in South Africa. But their performance has been lacking. In March 2019, President Ramaphosa announced the creation of a new Investigating Directorate in the National Prose…

Besieged but not Relenting: Ensuring Fair Trials for Nigeria’s Terrorism Suspects

Nigeria’s criminal justice system is dealing with thousands of people in mass trials related to terrorism offences – including those committed by suspected Boko Haram members. Having conducted three phases of trials between 2017 and 2018, with eac…

How Civil Society can Contribute to Effective Prosecutions

The relationship between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and civil society has been strained due to the NPA’s poor leadership, inadequate performance and perceived lack of independence. The appointment of a new National Director of Public…

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