n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The use of informers : an essential tool in the fight against crime?

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The use of informers in police work has been a contentious issue for many years, particularly the payment for information covertly provided by arrested suspects, often in return for immunity from prosecution. In South Africa such use of informants has also been controversially linked to the pre-1994 political violence. This article looks at the historical use of informants, how it was and is being used in the fight against crime, as well as putting forward some measures for making it more efficient and its more effective utilisation in particular in the fight against organised crime syndicates.

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