Crimes against farming communities threaten food security and rural economies. It is time for government to find a special solution to this special problem, argues Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher at South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies.
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.
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.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa released South Africa’s 2012/13 national crime statistics in September 2013. Did crime increase or decrease? What trends can be identified? This factsheet, produced by the Institute for Security Studies, sets out and explains the numbers.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has released South Africa’s 2012/13 national crime statistics. Has crime increased or decreased? What trends can be identified? This factsheet, produced by the Institute for Security Studies, sets out and explains the numbers.
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.
The South African Police Service recently admitted that hundreds of serving police officers are convicted criminals. The figures are shocking but they fail to reveal the full extent of criminality in the police.
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.
South Africa is in the middle of its annual “strike season” which runs from June to September. Frequently the media, government and mining houses refer to “illegal strikes”. Is this accurate? Can a strike be illegal? Not in terms of South Africa’s labour law.