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CW board member appointed to IAAF ethics commission

Our distinguished board member Kate O’Regan has been appointed to the ethics commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The commission is one of the measures set up by the IAAF to “eliminate corrupt conduct which might place the authenticity, integrity and reputation of athletics at risk”. The IAAF has come under fire Read more >

Pikoli: SAPS must be depoliticised

The Institute for Security Studies’ 6th international conference took place last week. The annual event brings together researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in criminology and associated disciplines to discuss research findings and exchange ideas. The theme this year was National and international perspectives on crime, violence reduction and criminal justice. Topics Read more >

Political parties: the missing link in our constitution?

By Kate O’Regan Justice of the Constitutional Court (1994 – 2009) Introduction The Constitution of the United States of America is 7 000 words long. Nowhere does it mention political parties. And that was not because the question did not arise. James Madison, in The Federalist No 10, characterised “factions”, his reference to political parties, Read more >

WC ombud to bridge gap between police and the public

By Valencia Talane There’s a new sheriff in town in the Western Cape, and it is not the criminals who should be worried, but slacking, incompetent police officers. Six years after he was removed from his position as the country’s chief of state prosecutors, Vusi Pikoli is settling into his new role as the province’s Read more >

Khayelitsha cops unprofessional, inefficient

The final report of the Khayelitsha Commission (into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and a Breakdown in Relations between SAPS and the Community of Khayelitsha) was released yesterday. In it, the police force assigned to that area was blasted for its inefficiency and non-adherence to procedures. The 580-page report, dated 18 August, was handed to Western Read more >

Khayelitsha commission to lift lid on rot

By Lorraine Louw Work has started in earnest for the commission of inquiry announced by Premier Helen Zille into the breakdown in relations between the police and residents in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. The commission opened its offices to the public on 11 September. It was announced by the premier on 22 August, has been Read more >