n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Public Order Policing in South Africa : capacity, constraints and capabilities, Irvine Kinnes : book review

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This research report examines the capacities, constraints and capabilities of the Public Order Policing Units since the 2006 restructuring of the South African Police Service (SAPS). It is primarily aimed at examining capacity related constraints confronting Public Order Policing Units (POPU) in the South African Police Service and to improve SAPS strategy on the policing of crowds. It is also suitable for the broader Criminal Justice environment, namely lawyers, judges, magistrates, prosecutors, private security practitioners, NGOs and other community-based organisations that provide service, organise, monitor and adjudicate on police action. This report represents a timely discussion on public order policing, at a time when the Farlam Commission of Enquiry is presently investigating the actions of the SAPS Public Order Policing Unit at Marikana (near Rustenburg in the NorthWest Province) during August 2012 that left 34 mineworkers dead and at least 78 injured. The author refers to the Cillié Commission, Goldstone Commission and the Ngoepe Commission's recommendations to serve as the theoretical framework for Public Order Policing in South Africa.

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