SACQ is published in partnership with the Centre for Criminology at the University of Cape Town. To access individual articles, refer to the table of contents below.
Jade Liebenberg, Lorraine du Toit-Prinsloo, Gert Saayman and Vanessa Steenkamp address the issue of drugged driving tests, highlighting that while it is common practice in South Africa to test drivers for alcohol levels, testing for additional substances (like drugs of abuse) is rarely performed. The authors discuss issues and/or limitations that affect the detection of drugged driving and propose revisions of the National Road Traffic Act to include a comprehensive statutory definition and detailed provisions for drug testing to deter impaired driving.
Heidi Brooks adds to the conversation on the policing of protest by providing an account of an often-silent constituency: the police who are tasked with the dual obligation of ensuring the safety and security of communities on the one hand, and protecting democratic rights and freedoms on the other. Brooks examines protest from the perspective of rank and file officers in the South African Police Service (SAPS) and shows not only the importance of recognising bottom-up perspectives in constructing appropriate responses to protest, but the complexity of SAPS members’ own identities as both officers and citizens.
Untalimile Crystal Mokoena and Emma Charlene Lubaale discuss extradition where states do not have extradition treaties with one another, examining whether states can rely on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) to extradite individuals for corruption-related crimes.
Irvin Kinnes reviews Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard’s book Surviving gangs, violence and racism in Cape Town: Ghetto Chameleons concluding that Ghetto Chameleons provides its reader with a new way of seeing and understanding the current gang discourse by showing what young men in gangs on the Cape Flats do, how they associate, and how they use mobility to move and change their cultural repertoires in gang and suburban spaces.
Promises (and lies)? Elections, commissions of inquiry and the state of criminal justice in 2019.
Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard