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Hard questions, big challenges – the articles in this edition of the South African Crime Quarterly (SACQ) are a vivid illustration of the ways that South Africa’s enduring problems remain perennially, persistently present. Andrew Faull pointed out in his editorial of a year ago (SACQ, September 2017) that South Africa’s democratic gains were under threat from a number of quarters: commercial crime, state capture, collusion and abuse. A year on, some of these issues may feel a little like old news, as the reporting cycle (or possibly more accurately, our attention) has moved on from the #Guptaleaks to questions of land, expropriations, elections and, perhaps most uncomfortably, sexual harassment.
The articles in this edition of SACQ focus the research spotlight on a number of these issues, filling gaps in our empirical understanding of these ‘sticky problems’: the events at Marikana Scene 2, bank associated robbery, sentencing in sexual grooming cases where complainants are under the age of 16, and the use of illegally-obtained evidence under the proposed Traditional Courts Bill. These articles build on conversations in the field – including on the pages of SACQ – about gaps in policy and legislation, implementation, research and knowledge.
Editorial: Hard questions, big challenges
Kelley Moult, Diane Jefthas
On the record
On the Record: Nicolette Naylor & Sibongile Ndashe
Annelise Burgess: Heist! South Africa's Cash in Transit epidemic uncovered
Elrena van der Spuy
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