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Gareth Newham The politics of crime statistics

By Gareth Newham

Who owns crime statistics? “In South Africa, the crime statistics are seen as information that belongs to the police which they reluctantly share with the public and other government departments from time to time,” writes Gareth Newham, a senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies.

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Lizette Lancaster The blurred crime picture – the impact of under-reporting

By Lizette Lancaster

The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster.

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Lizette Lancaster Where murder happened in South Africa in 2012/13

By Lizette Lancaster

While many believe Johannesburg is the most dangerous metropolitan city to live in, in South Africa, the reality is quite different. Lizette Lancaster, analyst at the ISS, explains where murder happens, why location matters, and what this means for who can help to tackle crime.

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Lies, statistics and why Africa’s poor numbers really matter

By Mandy de Waal

How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.

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Gill Moodie Ten top tips for checking your facts

By Gill Moodie

Checking the accuracy of a blog post, article or feature piece can be tedious. But credibility is the most important important thing any writer has, writes media commentator and Grubstreet.co.za editor Gill Moodie. Here are her ten top tips for checking accuracy.

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TO Molefe The city that works for you, except if you’re poor

By TO Molefe

Cape Town metro police smashed Lunga Goodman Nono’s guitar, threw him to the ground and shoved him into a police van. The 51-year-old blind busker, they said, had violated the city’s by-laws. But, as TO Molefe discovered, the by-laws don’t exist and Cape Town officials were relying on an apartheid-era policy document.

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