Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited …

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Oscar Pistorius verdict raises the bar for South African judiciary

Chantelle Feldhaus, North-West University and René Koraan, North-West University The South African Supreme Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision to find Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder by overturning a lower court’s verdict of culpable homicide has important implications for the country’s judicial system. Thabo Leshilo from The Conversation Africa put questions to Chantelle Feldhaus and René …

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Why South Africa can be accused of hating its young women

Susan Goldstein, University of the Witwatersrand The extent of gender based violence in South Africa is rarely understood. It involves physical and psychological harm, humiliation, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other arbitrary deprivations of liberty – and its impact is chilling. Estimates suggest that violence against women costs …

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What South Africa is doing to make a dent in cyber crime

Basie von Solms, University of Johannesburg Last year South Africa had the most cyber attacks of any country on the continent. In 2014, losses reached an estimated R5 billion annually through cyber crime. The year before, the Norton Report rated South Africa third on the list of the number of cyber victims in the world. …

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South Africa mulls body cameras to improve police accountability, safety

Gráinne Perkins, University of Cape Town The argument for the use of police body cameras is gaining momentum in South Africa, amid growing demand for greater police accountability, especially in the wake of the Marikana massacre. The cameras are typically worn on the chests of police officers. Their use is becoming common globally. The chairperson …

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