An immediate police investigation into the deaths was prevented because the cause of death was indicated as ‘natural causes’ on their death certificates.
If proposed amendments to the law are passed, it will no longer be possible to acquire a firearm licence for self-defence in the country. This has sparked heated debate.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
Instead of being a democratic right and legitimate form of expression, protests have increasingly been framed as threats to national security.
Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
Ramaphosa’s call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
President Ramaphosa’s emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
The task team established to investigate political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has had little impact on exposing those behind the violence.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Successes by the army and police on the Cape Flats will depend entirely on levels of cooperation established on an ad hoc basis.
The biggest problem with using the military to fight rime is that soldiers are not trained for law enforcement, but warfare, using maximum force.
The law aimed at fighting gangs lacks the power to disrupt their activities.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.
Data from victim and crime perception surveys help make sense of South Africa’s crime statistics.
Increasing police patrols won’t solve South Africa’s high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.
The axing of the prosecutions head follows sweeping changes to other king positions in the security cluster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
More than 90% of violent crimes in South Africa fall outside the categories named in the police’s new anti-crime strategy.