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.
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.


Friday, 21 January 2022
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
Community a ‘powerful tool’ in fighting crime

Community is a ‘powerful tool’ in fighting crime. That was the message from Dr Sianne Alves, Director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Office for Inclusivity & Change (OIC), at the recent seminar hosted by SaVI and the Institute for Security Studies.

Publication Date:
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 - 10:30
Boys to violent men: What we know, and what we can do
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, along with Prof Cathy Ward, Prof Shanaaz Mathews, and PhD candidate Soraya Lester, write: "We don’t need more research, we need action. Some of what must be done is already outlined in South African laws and policies. The Children’s Act, for instance, makes violence prevention interventions mandatory."
Publication Date:
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 - 11:15