SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2011, Issue 38, 2011
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Volume 2011, Issue 38, 2011
Author Chandre GouldSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 1 –2 (2011)More Less
I am pleased to be able to offer you a very full edition of SA Crime Quarterly with which to end the year. In fact, we have had to drop our regular On the Record interview feature in order to allow additional space for the articles. The articles in this edition are concerned with a range of pressing issues for South Africa and the criminal justice sector. Three contributions are based on work conducted on behalf of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and we are pleased to have been able to partner with APCOF to bring these to SACQ readers.
Author David BruceSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 3 –13 (2011)More Less
Performance monitoring, often based on the use of performance indicators, has become a central aspect of the work of government departments in South Africa. Even though the South African Police Service (SAPS) is regarded as one of the leading government departments in the use of performance monitoring systems, it does not use performance information in a critical enough manner, particularly given the risk that the introduction of performance measures will lead to perverse incentives. Given that the SAPS is one of the largest police services in the world, the centralised reporting on organisational performance in the annual report is ineffective. It obscures much more than it reveals about what is being achieved by the organisation. Since 2005 the Auditor General of South Africa has been phasing in a 'predetermined objectives' audit that involves checking on the reliability of the performance information presented by the SAPS. Though he has limited capacity to do so, the AG also carries out what are called 'performance audits', that involve deeper and more focused scrutiny of the functioning of government departments. A 2008-09 performance audit on service delivery at police stations and 10111 call centres highlights the type of scrutiny that the SAPS needs to be subjected to if information on its performance is to become more meaningful.
You strike a gathering, you strike a rock - current debates in the policing of public order in South AfricaSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 15 –22 (2011)More Less
This article aims to reopen the debate about public order policing in South Africa. Rising levels of violent localised protest and increased brutality in policing such events, as well as recent draft policy guidelines on restructuring public order policing by the Ministry of Police, necessitates informed debate. Protest events, in particular violent and localised protests, are likely to increase in the years to come; it is thus an appropriate time to engage in a serious reconsideration of the best approaches to policing these events. This article offers recommendations for a model of public order policing in South Africa that is more effective and respectful of human rights.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 23 –32 (2011)More Less
With the legislative review of police oversight currently taking place in South Africa, now is a good time to reflect on the regulation of the private security industry. This article does so by focusing on three challenges to the current private security regulatory systems: the increased pluralisation of policing within public spaces; the operation of hidden sectors within the industry; and the nature of criminal abuses perpetuated by the industry. We do this to demonstrate the need for a re-imagining of what regulation, especially state regulation, of this industry should entail. The aim of the article is not to review the current legislation or to identify gaps and propose means of filling those gaps, but rather to reflect on the underlying premises informing the legislation and propose a shift in thinking. We do this by briefly identifying two phases of state regulation in South Africa, implemented before and after the change to a new democratic dispensation, and suggest that we are now entering a third phase of regulation. We conclude with suggestions as to what this third phase may entail.
Author Juan A. NelSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 33 –43 (2011)More Less
The South African government is currently developing legislation on hate crimes. This follows repeated calls by civil society for an appropriate response to the apparent scourge of hate and bias-motivated crimes that tarnish the image of South Africa as a 'rainbow nation'. This article is aimed at informing related policy debates and provides discussion of violence targeted at foreign nationals and at those who are (or perceived to be) sexual minorities and/or gender non-conforming. This will give an indication of the trends and challenges that the proposed legislation and policy frameworks will need to address.
Author Lorenzo WakefieldSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2011, pp 45 –50 (2011)More Less
The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 mandates the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to report annually on the implementation of the Child Justice Act to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development. On 1 April 2011 a year had passed since the implementation of the Child Justice Act. This article interrogates the annual report presented to parliament on the first year of implementation of the Act, and concludes that it is not possible to accurately assess whether the Child Justice Act was implemented fully during the year, as the statistics provided in the annual report by different departments are unclear and incomparable. The article also reflects those aspects of the Act that have been implemented.