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Cape Town after ApartheidCrime and Governance in the Divided City$
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Tony Roshan Samara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670000

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670000.001.0001

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The Weight of Policing on the Fragile Ground of Transformation

The Weight of Policing on the Fragile Ground of Transformation

(p.123) 4 The Weight of Policing on the Fragile Ground of Transformation
Cape Town after Apartheid

Tony Roshan Samara

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the security forces and township communities. It begins by outlining the impact of hard policing to the people the police are meant to protect in terms of crime rates and the ability of communities to trust police, followed by a review of the issue of social crime prevention and approach to crime reduction in line with the progressive transformation of the criminal justice system. Social crime prevention measures are not being implemented in any sustained fashion, and narrow definitions of security continue to exert influence over policing strategies. The chapter concludes with a discussion of community/police relations, emphasizing the barriers to productive partnerships.

Keywords:   security forces, township communities, crime rates, social crime prevention, criminal justice system, crime reduction

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