SA police failures demand
urgent reform before it’s too late

The problem isn’t funding or expertise – it’s
a political one that President Ramaphosa
cannot allow to fester.

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South Africa’s security sector is
in crisis – reform must start now

As the dust settles on insurrection, government
must acknowledge the urgent need to repurpose
a failing security system.

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Fact Sheet: SAPS resourcing and
performance, 2012-2020

This briefing note provides trends related to the SAPS budget,
personnel, activities, performance and conduct.

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Mapping public violence
in South Africa

Incidence of public violence in South Africa
from 7–16 July 2021.

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Social media, riots and consequences

Fomenting violence online is illegal in SA
– social media use during the latest
violence makes digital literacy a priority.

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South Africa’s police management
must face their shadows

A new memoir by axed senior officer Jeremy Vearey
suggests this might be key to saving the SAPS.

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National crime mapping

Our interactive tool generates graphs for
crime rates spanning 15 years in any category.

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South Africa’s police need
urgent and fundamental reform

Despite a deep crisis, police leaders show
no sign of acting on the many official
recommendations available to them.

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Municipal crime mapping

Generate municipal maps for various violent
and property crime categories over time.

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