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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
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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 07:15
Cape Town has SA’s highest murder rate

Cape Town is the city with the highest murder rate in the country according to the 2018/19 State of Urban Safety in SA Report, which SaVI played an integral role in producing. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 13:00
Ramaphosa's plans aren't enough to adequately tackle violent crime in South Africa

SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address on February 7, 2019 arguing that the crime prevention strategies he outlined were somewhat stale, that some of the measures had been tried before, and that there is no evidence to suggest that these measures will work any better now.

Publication Date:
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 07:00
Ward councillors are key players
Ward councillors are key players

SaVI researcher, Lauren October, discusses the importance of ward councillors. Ward councillors are constantly overlooked, yet they are highly influential in promoting social cohesion within communities. The personality and leadership of the ward councillor is often integral to the peace/violence present in a community. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 - 08:30

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