n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Violence in South Africa : a note on some trends in the 1990s

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The perception that South Africa is subjected to a pervasive culture of violence some would even typify the country as the most violent society in the world has gained considerable momentum over the past few years. Violence has indeed characterised South African society over many decades of repression and resistance. During the struggle (for and) against apartheid, structural, political and social violence dominated the South African scene, while various other manifestations of violence continued backstage. Contrary to expectations the demise of apartheid and the advent of democracy did not result in an overall decrease in violence. In fact, since the introduction of a new socio-political dispensation in 1994, South Africa has been caught up in an escalating and unprecedented spiral of violence, and violent crime in particular.

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