UCT SaVI's Guy Lamb explores a key strategy used by SAPS to address the high levels of firearm violence in South Africa - ''that of militarised high density policing operations in the context of a 'war on crime' ideology.''
''Gangsterism and drug abuse have become one of the latest ‘nightmares’ or ‘scourges’ to taint South Africa’s dream of an inclusive democracy...''
In UCT SaVI's latest At the Coalface publication, Simon Howell investigates the responses of communities on the 'Cape Flats' to gangsterism and 'Tik'. Edits by Laura Freeman and images by Shaun Swingler.
UCT SaVI and UCT Centre of Criminology are deeply concerned about the excessive use of force displayed by the SAPS Public Order Policing members against unarmed protesting students at Parliament and other parts of South Africa this week.
Three crime categories from the 2014/15 SAPS crime statistics are worth noting, as there were significant increases in the number of reported crimes, namely murder (4.6%), attempted murder (3.2%) and robbery with aggravated circumstances (8.5%).