This issue covers some of South Africa’s hottest topics, as well as its broader structural challenges. Mary de Haas analyses political killings in KwaZulu-Natal in the run up to the August 2016 municipal elections. In On the Record, National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, provides unique insight into the challenges of heading the prosecution service in a fraught political climate.
Exploring the broader criminal justice arena, Ehmke-Engelbrecht et al. question the validity of blood alcohol samples used in the prosecution of alleged drunk drivers. In two legal contributions, Jameelah Omar argues that poor people suffer discrimination in court when it comes to bail; Marelize Schoeman assesses current procedural mechanisms to assess the criminal capacity of children in conflict with the law. Jean Steyn and Sazelo Mkhize ask whether police officers’ attitudes change with years of service, and Elrena van der Spuy reviews Don Pinnock’s book Gang Town.
- Combating drunken driving: Questioning the validity of blood alcohol concentration analysis
Ursula Ehmke, Lorraine du Toit-Prinsloo, Christelle Deysel, Joyce Jordaan, Gert Saayman
- 'Darker shades of blue': A comparison of three decades of South African Police Service culture
Jean Steyn, Sazelo Mkhize
- Penalised for poverty: The unfair assessment of ‘flight risk’ in bail hearings
Commentary and analysis:
- Determining the Age of Criminal Capacity: Acting in the best interest of children in conflict with the law
Marelize Isabel Schoeman
- The killing fields of KZN: Local government elections, violence and democracy in 2016
Mary Elizabeth De Haas
Book Review: Don Pinnock, Gang Town, Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2016.
Elrena van der Spuy
On the record...
Interview with Shaun Abrahams, National Director of Public Prosecutions
Anton du Plessis, Ottilia Maunganidze