The Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) was established at the University of Cape Town in 2010 through the Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Fund, and has become one of the university’s four multi-disciplinary Strategic Initiatives.
Safe-Up UCT smartphone app
UCT’s Safety and Violence Initiative has developed Safe-Up UCT, a smartphone app that will allow students and staff to easily submit reports about safety issues on campus...
Why have university protests been so violent?
UCT SAVI Director, Guy Lamb, highlights how factors that fuel male aggression are key to understanding this worrying phenomenon...
SaferSpaces is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal for community safety as well as violence and crime prevention practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa. The portal focuses on...
When hope dies a violent death
Two years after the commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha released its report, its findings offer lessons for other high-crime areas.


Thursday, 26 April 2018
Fighting Fire with an Inferno: The South African Police Service and the 'War' on Violent Crime

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.''

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 09:15
X Marks the Spot: Community Responses to Tik and Gangsterism on the Cape Flats

''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. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 09:00
Joint Statement: Excessive Use of Force by the South African Police Service (SAPS)

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.

Publication Date:
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:15
SA Crime Statistics: An Initial Rapid Assessment with a Focus on the Western Cape

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%).

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 13:30