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Webinar: Swipe right for safety: Smartphone tech for community wellbeing
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 - 12:15

SaferSpaces is pleased to invite you to a webinar titled “Swipe right for safety: Smartphone tech for community wellbeing”. This online panel discussion will be held on Friday, 29 January 2021, from 12.45pm to 2pm on MS Teams. 

The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 14:15

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.

Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 - 13:15

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.

Dr Guy Lamb being interviewed for the Economist
How Cape Town became a murder capital
Tue, 21 Apr 2020 - 13:00

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. 

How to turn the tide against South Africa’s crime wave
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 - 15:15

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.

Guy Lamb on Carte Blanche
Disarming citizens
Tue, 04 Feb 2020 - 10:00

SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses firearms and crime on Carte Blanche.

Community a ‘powerful tool’ in fighting crime
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 - 10:30

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.

Boys to violent men: What we know, and what we can do
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 - 11:15
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, along with Prof Cathy Ward, Prof Shanaaz Mathews, and PhD candidate Soraya Lester, write: "We don’t need more research, we need action. Some of what must be done is already outlined in South African laws and policies. The Children’s Act, for instance, makes violence prevention interventions mandatory."
Public Seminar: "Spotlight on violence: what do SA's crime statistics say?"
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 - 12:00

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

Do joint police-military crackdown operations actually reduce violent crime?
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 07:15

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 has SA’s highest murder rate
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 13:00

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. 

Ramaphosa's plans aren't enough to adequately tackle violent crime in South Africa
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 07:00

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.