Could procedural justice rebuild public trust in South Africa’s police?

New ISS research suggests that prioritising positive public-police relations can enhance police effectiveness and reduce costs.

Trust in the police is vital to a functioning democracy. But in South Africa, relations between the public and police have long suffered from suspicions and low confidence.

This event launches a new report introducing procedural justice as a cost-effective, evidence-informed practice that can build positive perceptions of the police, enhance their legitimacy and strengthen social cohesion. Speakers will present data on trust, satisfaction and police morale in South Africa and the findings of an Eastern Cape study. The question of whether South Africa’s police can prioritise trust in their work will also be considered.

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety.

Moderator: Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, ISS


  • Major General Shadrack Sibiya, Component Head for Organised Crime, South African Police Service

  • Jody van der Heyde, Global INSPIRE Working Group Coordinator, ISS

  • Martin Sycholt, Director of Policy and Research, Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety
Development partners
This event is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Bavarian State Chancellery. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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