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

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

THE legitimacy of legal authorities is recognised globally as crucial for the state’s ability to function in a justifiable and effective manner. This applies, in particular, to the police. Recently, South Africa’s Defence Minister Thandi Modise lamented the low level of public trust in law enforcement agencies in the country. Authors BENJAMIN ROBERTS, Acting Strategic Lead: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division, and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Human Sciences Research Council STEVEN GORDON, Senior Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council In particular, the minister, who also heads the country’s Justice, Crime Prevention and…
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DJ cop shows South Africa the other side of that blue uniform

DJ cop shows South Africa the other side of that blue uniform

JAMAINE KRIGE “I see them as twins and I love them both,” Constable Lucky Matome laughs as he describes juggling his two lives; one, a kwaito music artist, the other that of a policeman in the South African Police Service. “When you have twins you cannot say one is more beautiful than the other, because they are different but identical, and they are both your children. Like twins, I must treat them equally and give them equal attention, so that one does not suffer because of the other,” he said. His police work is important and it allows him to…
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