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Police Violence on the Rise – NGO

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that police violence appears to be on the rise.

ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, points out that, “There are on average 100 police officers killed in this country every year and so these are things that go on in the minds of police officials,” he explains.

He adds that this still does not excuse the police from acting outside the law themselves and says that he thinks that this is something that the public would want to have much more assurances on.

ISS Criticises Zuma Over New Police Commissioner

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has slammed President Jacob Zuma's decision to appoint a relatively junior officer to fill in for National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele pending the outcome of an inquiry.
 
The criticism comes after Zuma announced the immediate suspension of Cele over after allegations of wrongdoing around the police lease deals and the decision to appoint Major General, Nhlanhla Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, to fill Cele’s shoes in the interim.
 

Safety Skills for Youth Job-Seekers

The rape and death of a Cape Town woman at a fake job interview recently put into focus the risks of meeting with perfect strangers when appying for a job. While this type of occurence is more exception than norm, “the few bad guys can spoil it for everyone,” Tania Bownes of nonprofit employment agency, DreamWorker, in Cape Town rightly points out. While this should not deter people from putting themselves out there, it does signal the need for information to empower job-seekers to take charge of their safety on the job hunt.

Credit Police for Drop in Crime: ISS

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says police and communities deserve credit for a decrease in the country's crime rate.

In a press statement, head of the ISS Crime and Justice Programme, Gareth Newham, points out that, "But what the statistics don't reveal is the grim reality of many serious and often hidden crimes such as domestic violence, child abuse, hate crimes and corruption."

Security Sector Reform Dominates NGO Expo

The critical issue of security sector reform took centre stage at the opening of an NGO Expo in Harare, as civic groups united in calling for a roadmap to ‘sustainable peace’ in Zimbabwe.

Organised by the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), the expo provides an annual opportunity for NGOs to showcase their work and a platform to discuss themes that affect NANGO members.

Police Murder Rate Decline – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the number of murdered police officers has declined by 61.9 percent since 1994.

In a press statement, SAIRR points out that, "This is contrary to some sentiment expressed in the past week that South Africa's police officers are being murdered at an ever greater rate."

The Institute states that while every murder of a police officer is a tragedy, it is necessary to point out that considerable progress has been made in reducing the number of killings.

How to Stop Police Brutality and the Killing of Police Officers in SA

Over the past few weeks, the media has carried several stories about the killing of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Such reports jostled with persistent reports about police brutality triggered by the police killing of Ficksburg activist Andries Tatane. After the funeral of a slain police officer, national police commissioner, General Bheki Cele, called the situation a ‘national crisis’.

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