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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 ...

The Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice in Africa

"Reforms of African criminal justice systems need to focus on a number of key issues: first, they need to based on a commitment to develop a justice system that seeks to deliver an efficient and equitable form of justice rather than one which main...

Paying for Crime: South African Spending on Criminal Justice

"This paper explores how South Africa’s criminal justice system has evolved over the past decade by looking at the approach government has taken to resourcing it. It describes the growth in expenditure on criminal justice,disaggregating this betwe...

Tough Choices: Prioritising Criminal Justice Policies

"This paper seeks to answer this question by looking at the role of the criminal justice system, and identifying key interventions to improve the performance of the police and prosecution services. The focus of the paper is on the police and prose...

Crime in South Africa: A Country and Cities Profile

"Crime has been increasing at an escalating rate since 1997. Crime does not affect all people uniformly in South Africa. Johannesburg has the highest volume of serious crime, followed by Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. There is no single satisfact...

Violent Justice Vigilantism and the State's Response

"This monograph has argued that the main reason why people support vigilantism today relates to weaknesses in the criminal justice system and particularly the long period of time taken to deal with criminal cases. The review of policies and strate...

Criminal Justice in Review 2001/2002

"Chapter one analyses the latest available official crime statistics at the time of writing. During the 2001/02 financial year 2.5 million crimes were recorded in South Africa, some 25% more than in 1994/95. While recorded crime increased rapidly...

Assessing the Crime Fighters The Ability of the Criminal Justice System to Solve and Prosecute Crime

"This paper looks at a number of the criminal justice system’s performance indicators to identify its crucial weaknesses. Most of the analysis will be devoted to the last three years (1996-98) for which comprehensive statistics are available for t...

Reforming South Africa's Criminal Justice System

"The transformation of the most publicly visible component of the criminal justice system is still far from complete. But equally serious problems characterise the system further along - these are primarily in the areas of the detection of crime, ...

Reducing Violence in South Africa: From Policing to Prevention

South Africa is one of the 10 most violent countries in the world, despite having achieved massive reductions in homicide levels since 1994. Murder has increased annually over the past four years (2012/13-2015/16). This raises the question of wh...

Strengthening Prosecutorial Accountability in South Africa

This paper argues that independent and dedicated oversight of the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is crucial if the organisation is to succeed in its mission and regain the public trust it has lost over the past few years....

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