Militarised Policing and the ‘War on Crime’ in Cape Town

Speaker: Dr Guy Lamb, Director, Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town.


Recently more than 1,000 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were deployed to support the South African Police Service (SAPS) as part of Operation Prosper in an attempt to restore law and order and reduce the number of incidents of violent crime in various hotspots throughout Cape Town. This is not the first time the SAPS and the SANDF have engaged in joint crime-fighting, crackdown operations. For more than two decades, whenever there has been an acute moral panic about violent crime, government has typically responded with the deployment of large policing operations that have often involved in the military. This seminar will reflect on how crime hotspots have been policed in South Africa since the mid-1990s, and the impact that militarised policing has had crime levels.


Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Time: 12:50 -14:00 (lunch will be served from 12:30)

Venue: CSSR Seminar Room 4.29 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus



Dr Guy Lamb is the Director of Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. His current research predominantly focuses on policing, crime and violence (and the prevention thereof).  Guy works closely with various government departments on issues of crime and violence prevention, and has served as an advisor to the South African Cities Network’s Urban Safety Reference Group. Prior to joining UCT he was a Senior Research Fellow and Programme Head at the Institute for Security Studies. He has undertaken research and published on arms control, violence reduction, urban safety, policing and peace-building issues in Africa for more than 20 years. He has served on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on Liberia and was a member of the UN’s small arms control standards expert reference group.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00

CSSR Seminar Room 4.29 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

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