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A culture of honor is more likely to develop in areas where law enforcement is inconsistent or nonexistent. 20th Century Fox/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Will Smith’s slap shows ‘honor culture’ is alive and well

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. (Erinn Acland)

Fanning the flames: How anger fuels violent crime in youth

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.
A culture of better service and use of minimal force are key to improving public confidence in the South African Police Service. GCIS/Flickr

South Africans have low trust in their police. Here’s why

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. Byn Block Entertainment

Swedish gangsta rap exposes a dark side of the country some would rather ignore

“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. Pic: Martin Rhodes. 02/03/2011. © Business Day

Interpol red notice: what it means and why South Africa requested it

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.
Smoke rises from a building set on fire at the height of looting and violence in South Africa in July 2021. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images

South Africans are feeling more insecure: do Ramaphosa’s plans add up?

As the July 2021 unrest and looting graphically showed, crime and lawlessness can debilitate and destroy government efforts to facilitate and support economic growth.

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