Horizon Scanning in South Africa: Crime and Violence: Governance, Citizenship and Social Cohesion

Year Published 2007
Business unit: Special Projects
Resource type: Research reports
Research report: HSRC
File type: PDF
Theme(s): Policy analysis, Social Development, State Security


Violent crime in South Africa is amongst the highest in the world. Violence most affects black South Africans who live in mega-townships (which are mostly poverty stricken) in a society with one of the highest rates of inequality and unemployment in the world. How we respond to this violence will determine whether South Africa becomes a society, like Brazil, where the poor live in self-governing, isolated ghettos and the rich live in fear in gated communities, or whether it becomes a society where citizens feel safe and secure as equitable beneficiaries of citizenship.

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