The Hammermen: Life and Death as a Gang Hitman in Cape Town
Contract killings are underexplored in criminology, not only in South Africa but generally. The Centre for Criminology has been engaged in a project over some months to review the number and nature of cases of contract killing in South Africa.
Beyond the ICC crisis: Is there an alternative path for Africa?
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre being escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2016 by judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes against...
Shedding Light on the Hidden Epidemic of Police Suicide
Suicide in the 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.
Book Launch: A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa
South Africans care a lot about crime, but much of what we think we know might not be correct. Anine and Mark's new book aims to guide South Africans through crime trends and statistics.
Soweto Uprising: Four decades on South Africa still struggles with violent policing
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing? Dr. Andrew Faull responds.
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Friday, 23 March 2018
The Commercialization of Assassination: ‘Hits’ and Contract Killing in South Africa, 2000–2015

- 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.

Publication Date:
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00
Virtual reality will change the world. Here's what parents need to know

- 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.

Publication Date:
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:15
Murder on the rise as South Africa fails to stem high crime rates

- 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.

Publication Date:
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:00
What to Look for in South Africa's Troubling Crime Statistics

- 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.

Publication Date:
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:30