Behind the Bars of South African Prisons: Gendered Roles and Vulnerability of Male Inmates

In South African prisons, different kinds of sexual interactions and relationships take place between men. The majority of these are abusive, exploitative, and involve rape and various degrees of coercion. Newcomers to prison are especially ...

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Women Sleeping with the Enemy

On June 15 1994, the senior specialised auxillary service officer wrote: "I am in the service of the Transvaal Provincial Administration and employed as a senior mortuary officer at the mortuary of the Baragwaneth Hospital ...

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Mbeki and Smith Both Got It Wrong

Statistics, in and of themselves make for boring conversation and dull reading. Yet they leap to volatile political life when used to make arguments about race and violence, sex and death - as the angry ...

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Crime, Security and Fear of the Other

Earlier this year a local couple made the news when they applied for asylum in the United States claiming that they were persecuted in South Africa on the basis of their race. The couple argued ...

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The Quality of Mercy

In 2001 Anita Ferreira was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her common-law partner Cyril Parkman. The court accepted that she has been severely and extensively abused, but did not find that his ...

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South Africa Cannot Afford the Culture of Secrecy

In asserting that public access to government-held information was essential to accountable processes of democratic rule, a United States Judge, Louis Brandeis, once said: "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light ...

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Raising the Bar? New Lethal Force Law May Set Standards Even Higher than the Constitution

After a prolonged delay the amendment to Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act, the law regulating the use of lethal force for arrest, was brought into operation on 18 July, almost 5 years after ...

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Vigilantes Push Us Further from Justice

Over the past months newspapers have frequently featured stories and disturbing front-page photos of violent vigilante attacks. The ongoing coverage of these acts has lent the impression that we are experiencing in South Africa a ...

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Resolving Legal Grey Area on Use of Lethal Force Essential

In a country whose Constitution protects the right to life it would appear reasonable that the law should deal in clear terms with the taking of such life.Yesterday (Wednesday 21 May 2003) marked a year ...

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