The War Against the Causes of Crime, Advocacy for Social Crime Prevention in the Face of Tougher Law Enforcement

This article aims to contribute to the debate about the obstacles and challenges to implementing social crime prevention in South Africa. It does so by engaging briefly with three questions: 1. How can the state response to crime in the post-1994 period be characterised? 2. What are the obstacles to social crime prevention in South Africa? 3. Is it correct to assume that social crime prevention strategies could contribute (significantly) to solving the problem of crime and violence in South Africa?


David Bruce

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.



Chandre Gould

Chandre Gould started and supported a community-based violence prevention organisation in Touwsranten (Western Cape), the Seven Passes Initiative, which works with children, teachers and parents to improve attachment to schooling and address risk factors for violence. She has a PhD in history from Rhodes University

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