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Despite having achieved massive reductions in homicide levels since 1994, South Africa is one of the ten most violent countries in the world. Has the South African government’s emphasis on policing and the criminal justice system to address crime and violence been the right policy choice? Southern Voices Network Scholar Chandré Gould argues that to see the long-term trend towards lower violence levels sustained, a radical shift has to occur in how the state spends resources to combat crime. She explains in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more