n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Black female offending in post-apartheid South Africa

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


This study explores the phenomenon of black female offending in South Africa by drawing on interviews with a sample of 32 incarcerated black women. The first section provides a literature overview in respect of female criminality internationally and in South Africa. The paper further outlines the methodological approach adopted in the investigation of black female criminality in South Africa. Results of this survey revealed a picture of poverty, deprivation, victimisation and economic marginalisation, as some of the pathways to black female offending in South Africa.

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