Police and the Use of Force in South Africa: Time for a New Approach

Police and the Use of Force in South Africa: Time for a New Approach

This report discusses the legal framework currently surrounding the use of deadly force by the South African Police Services. It recommends several conceptual flaws with current legislation and makes recommendations for amendments.


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The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) is a Not-for-Profit Trust working on issues of police accountability and governance in Africa.

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CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an African non-profit organisation with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. Its research and advocacy work covers transnational crimes, migration, maritime security and development, peacekeeping, peace-building, crime prevention and criminal justice, and the analysis of conflict and governance.

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