Initiative seeks to promote democratic governance, accountability, and
human rights relating to the institutions of the criminal justice
system; to effect substantive improvements in the operations of the
justice system, specifically intending to benefit children, women, and
young people; and to promote the generation and dissemination of
learning with regard to "what works" in crime prevention under the
particular conditions experienced in South Africa. Website
includes the full-text of publications of the Institute.
Provides an extensive overview of the government of South Africa, with links to governmental departments, including the legal system.
Law Reform Commission
research with reference to all branches of the law of the Republic and
studies and investigates all such branches of the law in order to make
recommendations for the development, improvement, modernization or
reform thereof." Site includes full text bulletins, discussion papers,
issue papers, reports, and research papers on various criminal justice
and law-related topics.
Contains full-text annual reports with statistical information on the prison population. Opens only in Microsoft Explorer, not in Netscape Navigator.
Judicial Inspectorate of Prisonses
Contains information as to the function of the Inspectorate, along with reports and publications available to download.
The site contains information organized in sections titled consumer crime, violent crime. There is also a media center and consumer warnings.
South African Legislative Overview of Corruption, Money Laundering, Organised Crime and Terrorism
A project of the Institute for Security Studies, the South African Legislative Overview of Corruption, Money Laundering, Organised Crime and Terrorism, "this website aims at providing researchers, decision makers and legal drafters with easy access to relevant country legislation from these areas of Africa, as well as with international and regional legal instruments and model legislation that could otherwise be time consuming to find."
Special Investigations Unit, South Africa (Scorpions)
Contains information as to the form and function of the SIU, along with news, reports and publications available to download.
Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders is a non-profit
organization working towards a safer South Africa. NICRO offers the
offender reintegration, community victim support, diversion and youth
development, and economic opportunities projects as varied ways of
achieving the goal of a safer South Africa.
- South Crime Prevention Project
The South-South Crime Prevention Project aims to develop a process of information exchange on lessons learnt and innovative programmes in the area of crime prevention in the developing world with a specific focus on Southern Africa and the Caribbean. This website provides a South-South link that facilitates an exchange of information and scholarly debate among crime prevention practitioners and researchers.
The Institute website offers access to publications on South Africa's ongoing research and programs in the fields of human rights and criminal justice.
Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights
Deals mainly with the monitoring of human rights abuses in South African prisons. Presently offers and hopes to offer paralegal services, AIDS awareness, education and training, among other services to prisoners and their families. One can register to receive press releases and newsletters.
"The TRC effects
mandate through 3 committees: the Amnesty Committee, Reparation and
Rehabilitation (R&R) Committee and Human Rights Violations (HRV)
Committee." Submissions and transcripts of event and victims hearings
of the HRV, Amnesty Committee hearings, and public debates and other
documents are available through this site.
Child Justice was established to address the needs and concerns of children. It describes the work of the agency and the programs available for juvenile offences.
Offers the latest Constitutional Court decisions in addition to an archive of Constitutional Court decisions (with search options), proceedings of court sessions, information about the Constitutional Court judges, and a general overview of the court.
Guide to Law Online, South Africa
The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.
National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa
The functions and duties of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) includes the following: to institute and conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of the State; to carry out any necessary function incidental to instituting and conducting criminal proceedings; and to discontinue criminal proceedings. The website includes publications and a knowledge base, directorate of NPA locations, Stories of various court cases, as well as general information on the structure and work of the authority.
bills, acts, and information on parliamentary committees are available.
Also provides a link to the National Council of Provinces, which
consists of nine provincial delegations and a delegation of the South
African Local Government Association.
Information on the
economic and political aspects of national security, law and order and
defence within South Africa and also wider issues relating to
peace-keeping and conflict within the whole of Africa. Detailed
information on its current research and publications and the full text
of articles from its journals (African Security Review) are available.
This is a joint project of the Open Society Foundation of South Africa and the Open Society Justice Initiative. Its mission is to promote and strengthen civil society monitoring of police conduct; strengthen state agencies and police; highlight current debates; encourage networking; and provide information on police oversight. The website includes an annotated bibliography on "Research on Police Accountability and Oversight Mechanisms in South Africa: 1998-2003.".
for Safety and Security
Provides government with "civilian policy management capacity, independent of the vested and occupational interest of the Police Service." Full-text reports and links to other law enforcement-related sites are available through this site.
Information on the
Service's divisions, and areas of interest (e.g. community policing,
crime prevention, and drug education). Includes quarterly crime
reports and statistical bulletins.
A South African non-governmental organisation provides links to full-text publications on criminal justice and related topics. Its Resource Center has information on issues of violence, crime, reconciliation, human rights, transformation and peace education accessible through academic research, policy papers and popular media articles published by the CSVR.
Crime Hub - The South African Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub
This hub aims to be the single most comprehensive source of information and analysis on crime, criminal justice and crime prevention in South Africa. The Hub's highlights include South African Crime Statistics and Maps, Crime Prevention information, and information on the Criminal Justice System.
of Criminology, University of Capetown
The institute is a
multi-disciplinary, inter-faculty unit established within the
University of Cape Town whose aim is to "initiate, co-ordinate and
develop teaching, research and extension services in the broad field of
criminology within and outside of the University." Research areas
include prisons and punishment, policing, youth justice, gender
violence, ecological criminology, and crime prevention. Publications
available through mail on these topics.
publications that include crime statistics can be ordered here.
Demographic and other statistics are available online.