Crime and Policing in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Transforming under Fire

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Overview

"[A] cogent and well-informed discussion of the South African Police Service and the organisational problems it faces." —Stephen Elli
Mark Shaw examines how law enforcement and the legal system have changed since South Africa's transition to democracy by addressing how a police force like that of the old apartheid order, which was so effective in defending the government and its policies, could become so ineffectual in the face of rising crime.

Author Biography: Mark Shaw is former director of President Mandela's special government unit on crime and justice and is currently a research fellow in the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand.

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"Shaw has written a short but very concise treatment of crime and law enforcement policies in post-apartheid South Africa. In the preface, Shaw asks.. how could a police force like that of the apartheid order, which was such an effective instrument in the defense of the old system, seem so powerless in the face of rising lawlessness? From the mid 1990s to the present, the state of South Africa has experienced a crime wave that threatens not only the nation's democratic institutions, but also its very survival as a geopolitical entity. Shaw draws upon his wide experience in law enforcement positions in South Africa, including the Center for Policy Studies in Johannesburg, the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, and the South African Department of Safety and Security. This work not only illuminates the criminogenic aspects of South African society today, but international dimensions of South African crime as well. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —J. C. Watkins, Jr., University of Alabama, Choice, February 2003

— J. C. Watkins, Jr., University of Alabama

Choice - J. C. Watkins

"Shaw has written a short but very concise treatment of crime and law enforcement policies in post-apartheid South Africa. In the preface, Shaw asks.. how could a police force like that of the apartheid order, which was such an effective instrument in the defense of the old system, seem so powerless in the face of rising lawlessness? From the mid 1990s to the present, the state of South Africa has experienced a crime wave that threatens not only the nation's democratic institutions, but also its very survival as a geopolitical entity. Shaw draws upon his wide experience in law enforcement positions in South Africa, including the Center for Policy Studies in Johannesburg, the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, and the South African Department of Safety and Security. This work not only illuminates the criminogenic aspects of South African society today, but international dimensions of South African crime as well. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —J. C. Watkins, Jr., University of Alabama, Choice, February 2003

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"Shaw has written a short but very concise treatment of crime and law enforcement policies in post-apartheid South Africa. In the preface, Shaw asks.. how could a police force like that of the apartheid order, which was such an effective instrument in the defense of the old system, seem so powerless in the face of rising lawlessness? From the mid 1990s to the present, the state of South Africa has experienced a crime wave that threatens not only the nation's democratic institutions, but also its very survival as a geopolitical entity. Shaw draws upon his wide experience in law enforcement positions in South Africa, including the Center for Policy Studies in
Johannesburg, the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, and the South African Department of
Safety and Security. This work not only illuminates the criminogenic aspects of South African society today, but international dimensions of South African crime as well. Upper-division undergraduates and above." —J. C. Watkins, Jr., University of Alabama, Choice, February
2003
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253215376
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,006,594
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Shaw is a research fellow in the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, and former director of President Mandela’s special government unit on crime and justice.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Terminology
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 A criminal state 1
The crime of apartheid 2
Youth and crime 6
Apartheid as crime prevention 10
Crime and the decline of apartheid 15
Ch. 2 The politics of police change 22
Negotiating a new police 25
Legitimacy first, all else will follow 28
Partners in crime 34
New issue, new agenda? 37
Ch. 3 Confronting the violent society 42
Counting the cost 43
Unequal victimisation 50
Comparisons and characteristics 52
A nation in need of healing 58
Ch. 4 The rise of organised crime 63
Connections and continuities 66
New democracy, unsafe neighbourhood 69
Conflict and crime 72
New and stronger players 75
A criminal future? 79
Ch. 5 Public reactions to insecurity 83
A battle of perceptions 85
Divided by fear 91
Ourselves alone? 95
Ch. 6 The impact of private policing 102
The security boom 104
A contracted divide 110
A new reality? 115
Ch. 7 Assessing state responses 119
Local policing and accountability 120
Paper promises? 126
The new police 131
Judging success 136
Ch. 8 Conclusion: options and prospects 141
Towards democratic policing 143
Designing a new safety system 147
Undercutting crime and its causes 151
Crime and democracy 155
Bibliography 159
Index 165
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