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Vol 41 No 20

Published 13th October 2000

South Africa

Policemen plod on

Some tough technocrats are running the anti-crime policy but the police force lags behind

South Africans feel unsafe. Fear of criminals demoralises people and is a major cause of emigration. High expectations therefore attach to the first black Commissioner of Police, Jackie Selebi. Blunt-speaking and cerebral, he was formerly Director General of Foreign Affairs. As SA Representative at the United Nations in Geneva in the mid-1990s, he chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights. Yet that experience has done little to prepare him for SA's Wild West.

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