Cape Town’s violent crime crisis and what can be done about it
CAPE TOWN'S VIOLENT CRIME CRISIS AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT
Dr Guy Lamb, Academic Safety & Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch UniversityCape Town is statistically one of the most violent cities in the world and has a murder rate that is more than double the aggregate murder rate for the whole of South Africa. Furthermore, Cape Town’s murder rate has increased by close to 60% over the past ten years. These two lectures will outline the reasons for this dramatic increase in murder (and other violent crimes) in the Mother City and how such violence can be reduced and prevented in the future by government, the private sector and ordinary citizens. The lectures will explore the main determinant and pathways of violence perpetration with a focus on murder, gender-based violence and gang violence. Both state and non-state policing responses will be reviewed, as well various interventions that have been pursued in Cape Town by civil society and community-based organisations.
- Why is Cape Town such a violent city?
- What is being done to reduce violent crime in Cape Town, and how can this be improved?
This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.
South African Cities Network. 2019. State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2018/19.
Lamb, G. 2020. ‘Getting Away with Murder’, Africa in Fact, 52, pp. 84–87.
World Health Organisation. 2010. Violence Prevention: The Evidence. Geneva: WHO.
Lamb, G. and Warton, G. 2016. Why is Crime in South Africa so Violent? Updated Rapid Evidence Assessment on Violent Crime in South Africa.