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%).
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.
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.
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.