Beyond Section 49: Control of the Use of Lethal Force

Beyond Section 49: Control of the Use of Lethal Force

This paper discusses the misuse of lethal force by the South African Police Services (SAPS). The paper discusses the legal framework surrounding the issue, and highlights the importance of the reorientation of the SAPS in its approach to managing the use of lethal force by its members. A use of force policy, and a new system for reviewing use of force incidents could form part of such a reorientation, with potential benefits for police and civilian safety and for overall police effectiveness


David Bruce
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David Bruce is a Johannesburg-based independent researcher and writer working in the fields of policing, crime and criminal justice. He obtained his Master's Degree Public and Development Management and Bachelor's Degree Bachelor of Arts with majors in Legal Theory and Industrial Sociology from The University of the Witwatersrand.



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