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People to People Dialogues: Situational Analysis Synthesis Report
This synthesis report is based on a qualitative study conducted by the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on behalf of ALPS Resilience. It is part of a broader project: the ‘People to People Dialogues:...
The coming crime catastrophe
If it had not been for the national socioeconomic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emerging corruption scandals associated with funding for relief measures, there most likely would have been a public outcry following the...
Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19
Reports and video footage have been widely circulated on social media and news sites of security personnel shoving, slapping, humiliating, punching, kicking, sjambokking and even shooting supposed delinquents. Some people have died due to the (...
Do joint police-military crackdown operations actually reduce violent crime?
Dr Guy Lamb, Director of SaVI, writes that any crime reduction effects from the current crackdown operation in Cape Town are likely to be short-lived, unless a holistic and realistic plan to reduce crime and violence is devised.
SaferSpaces
SaVI, in partnership with the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services, hosts SaferSpaces. It is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal focusing on community safety as well as violence and crime prevention.

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Friday, 18 September 2020
The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa

If it had not been for the national socioeconomic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emerging corruption scandals associated with funding for relief measures, there most likely would have been a public outcry following the release of the 2019/2020 crime statistics last week.

Publication Date:
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 14:15
Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19

Those allegedly not complying with the Covid-19 emergency regulations have often been met with a stern, and, at times, violent responses from the state. Reports and video footage have been widely circulated on social media and news sites of security personnel shoving, slapping, humiliating, punching, kicking, sjambokking and even shooting supposed delinquents. Some people have died due to the (alleged) actions of these government officials.

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 - 13:15
Dr Guy Lamb being interviewed for the Economist
How Cape Town became a murder capital

Over the past decade a lethal mix of gangs and guns has caused a surge in the murder rate. SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, comments on how Cape Town became a murder capital. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 21 Apr 2020 - 13:00
How to turn the tide against South Africa’s crime wave

In February last year South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that his government would pursue five fundamental goals over the next decade. One of these was particularly bold, namely that

violent crime would be halved, if not eliminated.

This, according to Ramaphosa, would be achieved through improved policing, especially at the local level, and through addressing gender-based violence.

Publication Date:
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 - 15:15

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