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South African Crime Quarterly

The South African Crime Quarterly (SACQ) is a journal published by the Governance, Crime and Justice Division at the ISS. SACQ presents recent research results on crime, criminal justice, policing, prisons and incarceration, crime prevention, and criminal justice policy and legislation. SACQ aims to add balance and objectivity to the discourse on human security in Africa by providing timely empirical research and analysis to policy makers, area specialists, academics and students.

SACQ originated in 1997 when the ISS collaborated with Business Against Crime (BAC) to start an accessible publication on crime in South Africa. 

BAC facilitated the early negotiations and Nedcor funded the publication that was called the Nedcor ISS Crime Index. Published six times a year, partner organisations eventually included the HSRC and Transparency International.

In 2000, the name was changed to the Nedbank ISS Crime Index. In 2001 Nedbank withdrew from the project and in 2002 the ISS launched SACQ which has been published quarterly ever since.  

SACQ is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education

To access the latest edition of the South African Crime Quarterly, click here

To access the call for papers for the June 2017 special edition on environmental crimes, click here

SACQ goes digital

South African Crime Quarterly is migrating to an open access on-line management system. The journal has been selected by the Academy of Sciences of South Africa to participate in a pilot study to test the system which offers better control, management and metrics for the journal.

From now all submissions to the journal must be made through this system which will enable authors and reviewers to track the progress of their articles. Please register as a reader, author or reviewer on this site:

Editorial policy

South African Crime Quarterly is an inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal that promotes professional discourse and the publication of research on the subjects of crime, criminal justice, crime prevention, and related matters including state and non-state responses to crime and violence. South Africa is the primary focus for the journal but articles on the above mentioned subjects that reflect research and analysis from other African countries are considered for publication, if they are of relevance to South Africa.

SACQ is an applied policy journal. Its audience includes policy makers, criminal justice practitioners and civil society researchers and analysts, including the academy. The purpose of the journal is to inform and influence policy making on violence prevention, crime reduction and criminal justice. Articles submitted to SACQ are double-blind peer-reviewed before publication.

From time to time SACQ publishes themed editions. Please approach the editor with suggestions. Calls for submissions for themed editions will be published on the ISS website.

If you would like to contribute a letter or an article to SACQ please contact the editor, Chandré Gould at

Sub editors

SACQ is pleased to announce the appointment of the following sub editors. The sub editors will join the editorial team as volunteers and will help ensure that SACQ provides high quality articles.

Andrew Faull completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford's Centre for Criminology. His thesis explored the question; Who do South African police officers think they are and how does this shape police practice. Previously Andrew was a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), where his work focused on integrity management and police oversight in South Africa's police services. Andrew has written about police professionalism in South Africa and worked with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) to review and develop monitoring and evaluation indicators for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). He was also an expert witness for the Khayelitsha Commission. 

Camilla Pickles completed her LLD at the University of Pretoria, where she also obtained her LLB and research LLM (Public Law). Her research focuses on addressing pregnancy and birth-related concerns in through the application of criminal, medical, status and human rights law. Currently, she serves as a law research clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She has held junior academic posts and occasionally assisted the South African Law Society and as a researcher. Camilla’s research has been presented at conferences and published in academic journals at both national and international level.

Jane Kelly is a PhD in psychology student at the University of Cape Town and has her masters in psychological research. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Catherine Ward, her PhD study focuses on gang joining and desistance from the perspective of former gang members. She also works as a psychology tutor at UCT and as a research assistant for the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence Adolescent Well-being Research Group. Her research interests include substance abuse, alcohol use during pregnancy, criminality and gang involvement.

Khalil Goga currently serves as an analyst at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Prior to his he was a researcher in the ISS Transnational Threats and International Crime Division. He has been researching organised crime in Africa since 2009. He previously lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, from where he received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees.