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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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