n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Long-term crime prevention and the criminal justice systems of Nigeria and South Africa : a hopeless hope?

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


This exploratory study examines the aptness of long-term crime prevention in Nigeria and South Africa. The author takes a qualitative research approach. Ten crime prevention practitioners (Police Officials, Magistrates in Criminal Courts Divisions, National Prosecuting Officials, Prisons/Correctional Officials and Directors of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in crime prevention projects) in each of the two countries (Nigeria and South Africa) were interviewed. The study reveals that as they are currently constituted, the criminal justice systems of the two countries studied cannot effect long-term crime prevention. Among other reasons, this is primarily because the root causes of crime in the two countries lie beyond the control and the mandate of the two criminal justice systems. This article concludes that it is hopeless to expect the criminal justice systems of Nigeria and South Africa to prevent crime in the long term unless the root causes of crime in these two countries are rigorously addressed.

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