PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE: Addressing violent crime in South Africa

  • Sibusiso Masuku Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: crime, violence, South Africa, violent crime, SAPS, policing


South Africa’s high levels of violent crime have a significant effect on people’s lives. A review of the trends and risk factors associated with violent crime begs the question about who should be leading the effort to prevent violence? The South African Police Service currently has this responsibility – but is this appropriate? And which other departments should be playing a greater role?

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