Lockdown lessons: violence and policing in a pandemic


Patterns of violence significantly changed with the introduction of South Africa’s 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. By monitoring murder trends, carrying out interviews and conducting a survey of over 5 000 residents in Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and ISS researchers sought to identify lessons that could inform post-pandemic safety governance in South Africa’s most violent police areas.

About the authors

Andrew Faull is a Senior Researcher, Justice and Violence Prevention, at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Jane Kelly is a Research Officer at the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town.

Amanda Dissel is Director, Policy and Research at the Western Cape Department of Community Safety

Image: © Amelia Broodryk/ISS

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