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‘Please GO HOME and BUILD Africa’: Criminalising Immigrants in South Africa
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 13:45

- Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp & Mark Shaw

South Africa has become no stranger to xenophobia and afrophobia. In their latest article, Theresa and Mark examine the criminalisation of immigrants and foreign nationals.

The Commercialization of Assassination: ‘Hits’ and Contract Killing in South Africa, 2000–2015
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00

- Mark Shaw & Kim Thomas

Targeted killings or ‘hits’ have become a feature of South Africa's political economy, both licit and illicit. In this article, Mark and Kim examine 16 years of data, findings, and consider it's potential as the symptom to a bigger problem.

Virtual reality will change the world. Here's what parents need to know
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:15

- Melissa Meyer

There is no doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing. But for families with young children, it may be wiser to wait a little before leaping headlong into this new reality.

Murder on the rise as South Africa fails to stem high crime rates
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:00

- Anine Kriegler

South Africa has stubbornly high rates of violent crime. More concerning, though, is that the latest crime stats suggest the recent increase in murders is not slowing - it may even continue.

Shedding Light on the Hidden Epidemic of Police Suicide in South Africa
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 13:30

- Gráinne Perkins

Suicide in the South African Police Service (SAPS) is at epidemic levels. Between 2012 and 2013, 115 officers died by suicide compared to 29 officers murdered on duty, an alarming four to one ratio. Unfortunately, these statistics are not an anomaly.

What to Look for in South Africa's Troubling Crime Statistics
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:30

- Anine Kriegler & Mark Shaw

South Africa releases crime statistics once a year. Politicians interpret them according to their particular agendas. Here's a guide to what to look for and how to make sense of the trends.

The Watchdog over South Africa's Elite Police Unit is in Serious Need of Teeth
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 08:30

- Mafaro Kasipo

The main criticism levelled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.

The Many Faces of Corruption in South Africa
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 13:30

- Mafaro Kasipo

PhD Candidate, Mafaro Kasipo, discusses why we need to revisit what we think corruption looks like before we can develop effective strategies to combat corruption. 


Have you heard about the Centre of Criminology’s involvement in the South African Cities Network?
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 21:30

- Matthew Skade & Anine Kriegler

The South African Cities Network (SACN) is an established network of South African cities and partners that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city management. Get to know more about the Centre's work with the SACN. 


Facts show South Africa has not become more violent since democracy
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 13:45

- Anine Kriegler & Mark Shaw

The widely-held assumption that murder rates have been increasing in South Africa in the past two decades is incorrect – and it may divert attention from a new problem that needs attention.


Seminar on City of Cape Town's Emergency & Policing Incident Control (EPIC) system
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 13:00

- Times Live

On 19 July, The Times reported that Cape Town City Improvement District (CCID) officers will from now on be equipped with body-worn cameras.


The Rise and Fall of the Johannesburg ‘Bouncer Mafia’
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:30

- Mark Shaw

While the bouncer mafia was one of several emerging criminal networks at the time, although the most prominent in respect of Johannesburg’ s changing illicit drug economy, they provide a useful example of how organised crime originated during South Africa’s transition: a fact often commented on, but little understood.