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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.
2018/19 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report
SaVI, along with the Urban Safety Reference group, have released the 2018/19 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report. This edition of the report continues to build an evidence base (aggregated to city level) that may inform policy and practice...
SAPS stuck in vicious cycle of crackdown policing
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses the recent iteration of militarised policing in South Africa, which can often be effective, but is neither a long-term nor sustainable crime prevention measure.
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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Thursday, 9 July 2020
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
Guy Lamb on Carte Blanche
Disarming citizens

SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses firearms and crime on Carte Blanche.

Publication Date:
Tue, 04 Feb 2020 - 10:00

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