Loss of formal employment in the mining industry and drought conditions in neighbouring countries are some of the factors that drive illegal mining.
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Artisanal gold mining is highly organised and rule-bound. Men, women and even children participate a hierarchy sustained by a web of buyers, sponsors and customers.
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki.
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Every South African who cares about the future of the country will agree with former president Mbeki that, to avert disaster, something must be done urgently about its deep socio-economic problems.
The hijacking of U.S. aircraft – like the three hijacked in 1970 by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – made it impossible for American policymakers to ignore the threat.
From 1968 to 1974, US airlines experienced 130 hijackings. But it was Cooper’s hijacking-as-extortion plot that captured the public’s imagination – and inspired a copycat crime wave.
Preventing people with domestic violence records obtaining guns would be a life-saver.
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Congress has pushed through its first gun control legislation in 30 years. Included in the legislation is a provision to expand a firearm ban to dating partners accused of domestic violence.
History shows there is no magic bullet for solving gang crime. Only an evidence-based approach, coupled with mutually agreed targets and indicators, will start to achieve real change.
Family members wash away blood at the scene of a shooting in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where seven people were shot dead in May.
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The study highlights the flimsy boundaries between different forms of violence: torture and extrajudicial punishment, lawful arrest, and an unlawful kidnapping.
Parents and relatives of abducted students demanding the release of their families who had spent 55 days in captivity as at March 12, 2021.
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Nigerians are at risk of kidnapping as the cost of committing this crime is far less than its benefits.
The Clinton-era ban on assault weapons ushered in a period of fewer mass shooting deaths.
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Analysis of the 10 years in which the US banned sales of assault weapons shows that it correlates with a drop in mass shooting deaths – a trend that reversed as soon as the ban expired.
Some physical developments contribute to crime in Nigeria.
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Nigeria’s built environment should ideally be part of a broader, integrated approach to crime prevention and community policing.
Refugees and asylum seekers were forced to live in the open in Cape Town following xenophobic attacks in 2019.
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Despite regular incidents of anti-migrant violence, peaceful and mutually beneficial relationships between South Africans and migrants can and do exist.
Racial hatred is a factor in 13% of mass shootings at grocery stores.
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A suspect apparently motivated by a white supremacist agenda shot dead 10 shoppers. Analysis shows that mass shootings – and those at grocery stores – are on the rise.
Through her photographs and activism, Letizia Battaglia sought to wrest Palermo from the grip of the Mafia.
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Letizia Battaglia’s images of Mafia bloodshed made it impossible for people to turn a blind eye to the criminal outfit’s reign of terror.
Hakeem Odumosu, former Lagos State Police Commissioner, addressing journalists during a protest in Lagos.
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Public trust and confidence in the police is a concern in many parts of the world. How can Nigeria get it right?
A culture of honor is more likely to develop in areas where law enforcement is inconsistent or nonexistent.
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While you’ll often hear people say that violence is never the answer, in some communities violence is viewed as a perfectly reasonable response to personal slights.
There is plenty we still don’t understand about how anger influences behaviour.
Violent crime causes untold harm and anger is known to fuel violence. But recent research suggests that the way anger and crime tie together in youth is a bit more complicated than expected.
Some people dread the time change that occurs twice a year – and for good reason.
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Research suggests that permanent daylight saving time would save lives as well as energy and prevent crime.
Members of South Africa’s anti-migrant “Operation Dudula” group march in Jeppestown, Johannesburg.
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Ending violence against foreigners can only happen by first recognising – and addressing – the hazards of South Africa’s crumbling system of indirect rule.
A culture of better service and use of minimal force are key to improving public confidence in the South African Police Service.
Perceptions that South African police treat people disrespectfully, lack impartiality or transparency, and are prone to brutality
undermine public confidence in them.
The Cover of Swedish rapper Yasin’s second album featured his passport stamped with “convicted in advance” on it.
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“Sweden’s most wanted”, raps the controversial artist Yasin in his track 20 Talet. The rapper’s lyrics are without filter, direct, raw, born within a marginalised and often criminal environment, depicting…
Ajay, right, and Atul Gupta are on the run from the law in South Africa. Their sibling Rajesh is wanted on fraud and money laundering along with Atul.
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A judicial commission has found that the Guptas orchestrated massive corruption and the capture of the South African state, with the help of their friend, former president Jacob Zuma.