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Poor policies, complicit police deepen SA’s drug problem

By Thato Mahlangu Part one of our mini-series on the UN’s World Drug Report 2020 looked at some of the report’s key findings. In the second and final part, we cover the situation in South Africa at the moment. The situation is serious, and it’s not getting better. According to anti-crime organisation Enact, the local Read more >

Inaction and weak policies boost the illicit drug market

By Thato Mahlangu Drug markets have been reported to be increasing, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. This grim but unsurprising information is one of the findings of the UN’s World Drug Report which was released on 25 June 2020. The report reveals how some governments are failing to clamp down on the illicit trade of Read more >

Ramaphosa talks tough on Covid-19 corruption

In his latest address to the nation on Thursday, 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa uttered strong words of warning to those complicit in corrupt actions at this time – especially regarding the financial and other assistance given by the government to needy South African residents. This is the sternest – and the longest – speech Read more >

Revealed: our hero and zero for 2015!

The votes are in, they have been tallied, and we can announce the hero and zero of the year for 2015. For the first time, both our winners are drawn from the same sector! With 40% of the votes, our hero for 2015 is Colonel Hansia Hansraj, head of the Goodwood police station. She determinedly 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 >

An unhappy state of corruption

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press I recently requested an audience to allow me to kick off my talk, The risks of corruption facing SA in 2015 and 2016, by re-enacting a scene from a classroom somewhere in South Africa. They agreed, which I hope you will to. There are six tenses in Read more >

Bribe refusal leads to arrest of criminal

It did not seem like a tall ask. He offered R500 to a police officer towards some “cold drink” to help get himself out of trouble and keep the cops off his trail. But the man, a suspect in a theft case, did not bargain on the cop refusing to be bribed. Once he was Read more >

Corrupt police are our zeroes

Our zeroes this week are all the police officers who have been implicated in or found to be guilty of corruption in the course of their work. This lamentable situation was highlighted last week when none other than the Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, with four other accused, was charged with 109 counts of Read more >

Victory for SAPS whistleblower

Source: SAPA The labour court in Johannesburg has ordered the police to redeploy Colonel Kobus Roos to a similar position in the crime intelligence unit and to compensate him in an unfair labour practice case. “The respondents [SA Police Service] are obliged to give preference to Roos in any application for appointment or promotion in Read more >