Crime and Policing in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Crime and Policing in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Transforming under Fire
Shaw, Mark
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Bahamas Belize Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Dominican Republic Grena
Publication date: 06/13/2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21537-6
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[A] cogent and well-informed discussion of the South African Police Service and the organisational problems it faces." —Stephen Ellis

Since the mid-1990s, South Africa has experienced a crime wave of such unprecedented proportions that the ability of the new democracy to form a stable civil society and govern effectively has been called into question. In this timely book, Mark Shaw describes how a police force that was so effective under apartheid became so ineffectual in the face of rising crime. He shows how an increase in violent crime shapes society, police, and government, and discusses possible solutions for the current crisis. International crimes such as war, terrorism, and organized crime are explored along with crimes that affect individual security, such as armed robbery, murder, and rape. Crime and Policing in Post-Apartheid South Africa draws attention to both the national and the international dimensions of crime in this society in transition.

Author Bio

Mark Shaw is a research fellow in the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, and former director of President Mandela’s special government unit on crime and justice.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

1. A Criminal State
2. The Politics of Police Change
3. Confronting the Violent Society
4. The Rise of Organised Crime
5. Public Reactions to Insecurity
6. The Impact of Private Policing
7. Assessing State Responses
8. Conclusion: Options and Prospects