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 release of the 2019/2020 crime statistics last week.
Those allegedly not complying with the Covid-19 emergency regulations have often been met with a stern, and, at times, violent responses from the state. 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 (alleged) actions of these government officials.
Over the past decade a lethal mix of gangs and guns has caused a surge in the murder rate. SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, comments on how Cape Town became a murder capital.
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.