Criminal Justice Tag

After three decades of democracy, South Africa stands at a crossroads grappling with the interplay between policy aspirations and lived realities of the majority of the black population. The country boasts one of the most progressive constitutions globally because it is based on equality, freedom and justice. Yet the lived realities of its citizens leaves one asking 'what good is a constitution if it cannot be implemented?'. Although policies to address historical injustices and structural inequalities have been developed, implementation has been a challenge  leaving many of the previously disadvantaged populations still disadvantaged, resulting in the county been dubbed the…

Naledi Joyi
12 Jun 2024

A newsletter that contains three articles from members then gives updates from member organisations on recent activities. These insightful writings cover topics focusing on discriminatory torture of LGBTIQ+ persons which highlights the Azul case and work on protection of marginalised persons from violence. In addition to this the critical role of independent policing oversight bodies in enhancing police accountability is highlighted.

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

The report provides a brief description of the events in Marikana against the backdrop of the history of mining in apartheid South Africa and the subsequent transition to democracy. It unpacks the various initiatives undertaken in response to the massacre, focusing particularly on the measures to address the needs of injured and arrested mineworkers as well as the families of those who were killed. In seeking to unpack corporate accountability and corporate responses, the report focuses particular attention on the initiatives undertaken by the mining company (Lonmin and later Sibanye) in addressing victim and community needs in the wake of the massacre. The report seeks to understand the various perspectives of different stakeholders on these initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges faced in taking these processes forward.

CSVR
01 Nov 2022

About 40% of the 6 424 murders between April and June this year were gun-related, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced when he released crime statistics. Cele said it was shown that firearms were three times more likely than other weapons to be the weapon of choice in the reported murders, as 2 766 people were shot to death. "The expansion of illegal firearms and the damage and destruction they can cause, is well documented. These crime statistics should be used as a management tool to guide the operational plans to deal with, amongst other crimes, the proliferation of firearms. "Police…

CSVR
30 Aug 2022

The report provides a brief description of the events in Marikana against the backdrop of the history of mining in apartheid South Africa and the subsequent transition to democracy. It unpacks the various initiatives undertaken in response to the massacre, focusing particularly on the measures to address the needs of injured and arrested mineworkers as well as the families of those who were killed. In seeking to unpack corporate accountability and corporate responses, the report focuses particular attention on the initiatives undertaken by the mining company (Lonmin and later Sibanye) in addressing victim and community needs in the wake of the massacre. The report seeks to understand the various perspectives of different stakeholders on these initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges faced in taking these processes forward.

CSVR
06 Jul 2022

This policy brief presents a summary assessment of the progress made in providing redress for victims of the Marikana Massacre,1 when 34 striking miners were killed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2012 and ten people were killed in the conflict that led up to it. In the ten years since the massacre, there has been meagre progress in addressing its consequences. Direct victims and their relatives have not received full reparations, the community of Marikana remains underdeveloped and deeply divided, and the apartheid legacy of the mining sector in South Africa remains an unresolved wound in the national psyche. An integrated approach is required to address both the systemic injustices and the specific legacies of the Marikana Massacre, while being clear about the specific responsibilities of all the stakeholders.

CSVR
27 Jun 2022
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