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.
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses firearms and crime on Carte Blanche.
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.
Public anxiety has been heightened by recent high-profile incidents such as the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, mob attacks on foreign nationals, and the deployment of the military to support police on the Cape Flats. This seminar will reflect on the recent incidents of violence
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.
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.
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.
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.
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses the flaws in the global survey on safety. He argues that the danger of indicators like this is that it could lead to wrong perceptions about crime and policing, which may even legitimise militarised security over less aggressive and more integrated approaches to crime prevention.
This June (2018) issue of Crime Quarterly features an on the record discussion with SaVI Director Dr Guy Lamb and SaVI researcher Ncedo Mngqibisa regarding the in-the-field realities of doing a randomised household survey.