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At any time good news is most welcome, SA Crime Quarterly number 29 has two good news articles. Burger and Omar suggest that despite the recent spate of police brutality in dealing with service delivery protests, there is no reason for serious concern about the security of the soccer event. Good news too from Gareth Newham who writes about the Gauteng Aggravated Robbery Strategy that seems to be having a measure of success in tackling violent crime. In a follow-up on our focused edition last year that dealt with the closure of the Scorpions (SA Crime Quarterly 24), Andrew Faull and Thoko Mtsolongo take a look at the provisions in the SAPS Amendment Act of 2008 and National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Act of 2008 that allow for intrusive integrity management of the Directorate of Priority Crimes.
On a much less positive note, Tamlyn Monson and Jean-Pierre Misago draw attention to the serious shortcomings in the state`s response to last year`s xenophobic attacks, and finally, Sam Waterhouse and Fairouz Nagia-Luddy reflect on a programme being implemented by RAPCAN to support child witnesses in sexual offences cases.