n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Informant application in South African conservation crime management : criminological affordances

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The use of informants in policing and compliance management spheres has, although at times marginalised, long been recognised as an effective crime management conduit. This would seem especially true with regard to the more surreptitious and regimented type crimes, which are, as society evolves, becoming perceptibly more pervasive. This eminently controversial treatise provides an authentic critical exposition of the extent to which principal environmental conservation agencies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, namely South African National Parks (National agency), CapeNature (Provincial agency) and the City of Cape Town (Metropolitan Municipality) currently utilise informants/informant generated information in the fight against conservation crime - notoriously clandestine in nature. Apart from identifying informant related opportunities and shortcomings an attempt is also made to broadcast, lobby for and entrench the idiom conservation crime/criminology as the terminology of choice in this arena as well as develop its wider intellectual and criminological significance.

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