oa South African Human Rights Yearbook - Policing

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1354-3903



There have been many significant developments in policing during 1997 and 1998. These include policy shifts, organisational re-structuring, a new policing 'ethos' and the development of crime-busting legislation, all designed to put policing in the forefront of South Africa's criminal justice transformation. A lack of organisational co-ordination and a critical dearth of human and fiscal resources, however, have obstructed the success of this transformation. More specifically, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been heavily criticised for not dealing adequately with race and gender transformation, both internally and in terms of the provision of services to civil society. In particular, the rising levels of reported rape and domestic related assaults, as well as increased media attention on experiences of secondary victimisation of complainants by criminal justice agents, has left civil society with little confidence in the ability of the police to confront and combat violence against women.

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