oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Attitudes to and opinions of the SA Police in the Johannesburg magisterial district
South Africa is a multiracial country in which for many years the various racial groups were segregated in terms of the apartheid laws which the government started dismantling only in 1990. Prior to this time a largely unrepresentative police force often had the unenviable task of enforcing unpopular laws which affected the majority of South Africans. Also the police did not execute their duties within the framework of a fundamental human rights perspective which frequently resulted in abuse of power by means of torture and brute force.
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