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Why have university protests been so violent?
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 15:15

Why have the most recent waves of protest at South Africa’s tertiary institutions been so violent? UCT SAVI Director, Guy Lamb, highlights how factors that fuel male aggression are key to understanding this worrying phenomenon...

When hope dies a violent death
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 20:45

Two years since the Khayelitsha Commmission of Inquiry UCT SAVI Director, Guy Lamb, discusses whether anything has changed in Khayelitsha with regards to policing and safety.

International Violence Prevention Conference: Call for Abstracts
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:30

SaVI and the World Health Organization's Global Campaign for Violence Prevention are inviting abstracts for papers to be given at an  international multi-disciplinary conference titled, ''Violence Prevention: From Scientific Excellence to Effective Practice'', taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 8-9 September 2016.

Launch of 'Gang Town' by Don Pinnock
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:15

We are pleased to announce the launch of Gang Town by Don Pinnock.  This publication was partly sponsored by the University of Cape Town through UCT SaVI and the Centre of Criminology.

International Conference on Violence Prevention
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 14:15

UCT SAVI and the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention will be hosting an international conference on violence prevention titled 'Preventing Violence: From Scientific Excellence to Effective Practice'. The conference will be held from the 8-9 September 2016 at the Atlantic Imbizo, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.


Fighting Fire with an Inferno: The South African Police Service and the 'War' on Violent Crime
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 09:15

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.''

X Marks the Spot: Community Responses to Tik and Gangsterism on the Cape Flats
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 09:00

''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. 

Joint Statement: Excessive Use of Force by the South African Police Service (SAPS)
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:15

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.

SA Crime Statistics: An Initial Rapid Assessment with a Focus on the Western Cape
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 13:30

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%).

Understanding and Responding to Xenophobic Violence
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:45

On Thursday 23 April 2015, while Johannesburg residents marched against xenophobic violence, UCT gathered for a discussion on how to better understand, respond to and prevent this kind of violence in South Africa.

Gangsterism: A Stew of Complex Factors
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:15

UCT SaVI and UCT Centre of Criminology hosted a three day Gang Seminar from the 12 to 14 August, 2014. The discussions explored three themes: the social environment in which gangs exist; the challenges of dealing with gangs; and media portrayal of gangs.

The battle to recovery
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:45

On 30 November 2016 UCT SAVI associate, Sinegugu Duma, launched her book 'The Pain of Being a Women'. The book documents the stories of 10 female rape survivors and their journey to recovery.