Set up to fail? Challenging
how we think about policy

South Africa has fallen into the trap of
believing imported best practices can
solve complex problems like violence.

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When corruption stops,
trust in government can start

Short-term gains can come from
prosecuting corrupt individuals, whether
they be presidents, politicians, police or plutocrats.

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Is mob violence out
of control in South Africa?

Vigilantism is both a symptom and
cause of a society where violence
has become normalised.

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Secretive promotions
threaten South Africa’s policing

Rather than fixing its deep management
crisis, the SAPS is putting politics above
the safety of South Africans.

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Police murder-suicide reveals
South Africa’s dark underbelly

Officers’ mental health and violence
are shaped by society at large.

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To stop violence, we must
raise our children differently

South Africans live in contexts that
prime them for violence – safety for
children and women can change this.

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Are South African
police salaries fair?

It’s not the police service that keeps officers
relatively cash-strapped, but the structure
of SA’s society and economy.

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The perplexities of human
trafficking in South Africa

Trafficking in persons doesn’t lend itself
to a simplistic counting of cases – the
country needs better data.

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