In South Africa, crime, policing and safety are loaded terms. They are unpacked by authors Ziyanda Stuurman and Rofhiwa Maneta in their books Can We Be Safe? and A Man, A Fire, A Corpse. Stuurman interrogates the country’s fraught history of policing, courts and prisons. Maneta uses the story of his father, Captain Amos Maneta, to illustrate the psychological toll that policing exacts on police officials and their families.
Panellists will explore the meaning of police work in a society characterised by inequality, violence and precariousness. They will discuss reforms that can heal a broken police institution and the wounded individuals who make up its ranks.
Chairperson: Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS
Rofhiwa Maneta, Freelance journalist and author of: A Man, A Fire, A Corpse
Ziyanda Stuurman, author of: Can We Be Safe? The Future of Policing in South Africa