President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
In a handful of cases, defendants in murder cases have said that they were defending themselves from a same-sex pass or attempted sexual assault.
Underlying direct or personal violence is structural violence that is entrenched in unequal power relations in society.
The media presents female victims as culpable for their own brutalisation. For Grace Millane, this meant her sexual preferences were more important than the horror of her death
Since 1990, the homicide rate has declined by 20%. Researchers are still figuring out what's behind the trend: increased incarceration, improvements in the economy or even aging populations.
Readers are invited to a special screening and Q&A with former detective Jackie Malton, criminologist Fiona Brookman and forensic scientist Martin Evison.
Despite low crime rates, indiscriminate mass stabbings aren't unheard of in Japan. But unlike recent mass killings in Western countries, they aren't motivated by right-wing ideology.
At the beginning of the 1980s, homicides were relatively rare in Venezuela. Now, it's one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America.
Advocates say the recent quashing of Sally Challen's murder conviction brought attention to a hidden feature of domestic violence. But it may have also painted Challen as an unstable woman.
Psychologists are debating whether the presence of one trait – boldness – is the key to determining if someone is a psychopath, or just a garden-variety criminal.
At least one child is killed by a parent in Australia every fortnight. The latest report from the Australian Institute of Criminology shows the nature of filicide in Australia.
Controversy around Winnie Madikizela-Mandela continues in death as it did in life.
A recent spate of attacks have left local people scared for their safety in rural Madagascar, threatening vital conservation work in the nearby rainforest.
The Crown said this case was an example of the worst type of murder, but the judge disagreed, arguing the killer, when freed, would be less of a threat to the wider community than some other killers.
Will it embolden or neuter the Arab world's autocratic regimes?
Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was no ordinary reporter. His contacts included the Royal Family as well as known terrorists.
Data from victim and crime perception surveys help make sense of South Africa's crime statistics.
In early 20th-century Australia, a series of highly publicised murders of women saw newspapers widely discuss sadism.
Stepfathers are less likely to kill their children than previous researchers have claimed.
Increasing police patrols won't solve South Africa's high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.