n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Policing of an urban periphery : the case of Khayelitsha

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



A pervasive sense of crisis had long beset the policing of the Apartheid colony. The transition to democracy, it was thought, would finally put that crisis to bed. The early post-1994 period of reconstruction envisaged that far-reaching policy reforms and institutional changes would replace the old system, with a community-orientated, democratic model of policing emphasising accountability and efficiency. Over the past twenty-odd years much effort has gone into the dismantling of the structures, operational strategies and cultural mind-sets associated with the Apartheid model of paramilitary policing. A bold emphasis on collaborative partnerships between communities and police was intended to replace the spirit of adversarialism which often defined community-police interactions under Apartheid.

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