A Decade of Crime Prevention in South Africa from National Strategy to Local Challenge

A Decade of Crime Prevention in South Africa from National Strategy to Local Challenge

The objective of this paper is to refocus attention on the original vision and meaning of the term 'crime prevention' as set out in the National Crime Prevention Strategy. The paper is broken down into three sections that firstly distinguish between what has been termed the 'law-enforcement' approach and the 'crime prevention' approach in the international arena, secondly provides an overview of the NCPS and how the process of its implementation is presented and demonstrated in how crime prevention as a tool for enhancing public safety has continued at the local level as well as some of the challenges that are being faced and lessons learned to date.


Gareth Newham
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Gareth Newham is the former Senior Project manager at the criminal justice program at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). He obtained his Masters in Management, Public and Development Management from The University of the Witwatersrand, Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Research Methodology Social Sciences from The Stellenbosch University and his Honours in Political Studies Social Sciences from The University of Cape Town.

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