The celebrated judgment emphasises the opportunity for the newly appointed National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola, to fulfil his commitment to ensuring that police officers are sensitised to the realities of gender-based violence
Seminar on policing and non-nationals: Community Police Forums and xenophobic violence in South Africa: 22 September 2021
AAAJD Webinar Series: Gender Rights and Democratic Police Governance: Covid 19 Insights and Challenges-
The socio-political and economic developments unfolding under the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown up new challenges for democratic and gender responsive policing. The emergency response to the health pandemic placed additional responsibilities and powers on police and law enforcement agencies to ensure public compliance of evolving C19 directives. The decision to treat the health pandemic by lockdowns, contract tracing, quarantines, social distancing and use of masks put in control an ill-prepared police force with fragile public-police relations to maintain order by regulating the everyday lives of citizens.
Advanced Human Rights Course:23 to 27 May 2022 Policing Brochure
Centre for Human Rights
Advanced Human Rights Course
Oversight and the Criminal Justice system
A short course presented by the Centre for Human Rights, in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum from 23 to 27 May 2022.
In partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), the Centre for Human Rights will host a five-day intensive short course examining the international human rights standards, comparative good practice and emerging continental trends concerning oversight and accountability of the criminal justice system.
AAAJD Webinar Series: Democratic Policing: The African Context with contributions from South Africa
Op-Ed- GBV battle ball firmly in SAPS’s court after landmark ConCourt judgment
TERMS OF REFERENCE: Development of a monitoring framework for policing responses to xenophobic violence and related hate crimes
The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), with support from the European Union (EU), recently published research on the role of external police oversight mechanisms in monitoring the response by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to xenophobic violence and related hate crimes. The report found that while there has been significant investment by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in understanding and making recommendations to address policing deficits in this area, implementation of those recommendations by SAPS and others has been weak.
APCOF now seeks a suitably qualified expert to develop a monitoring framework for use by the SAHRC to systematically track implementation of its recommendations related to xenophobic violence and the policing of non-nationals.
Common Standards for Policing in Eastern Africa: Kenya – Assessment of the Kenya National Police Service’s progress towards meeting the Common Standards for Policing in Eastern Africa
Webinar Invite-Launch of the External police oversight, accountability and xenophobic violence in South Africa: Is there oversight and monitoring? 15 March 2022
The persistence of xenophobic violence and hate crime in South Africa raises critical questions regarding the ability of external oversight institutions – the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the Civilian Secretariat of Police Service (CSPS) – to keep the mandate holders to account.
Recent research by the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) with the support of the European Union (EU) reviews the role of police oversight bodies, their recommendations, and the progress made on these recommendations, before exploring how we can be more responsive. This seminar provides a forum to key stakeholders to unpack these issues and examine how police performance and accountability can be strengthened through the mandates of the key constitutional and statutory oversight bodies.
Your participation in this event is important to us.
Please register this event using the registration link provided. For any further information regarding the launch please contact Helene van der Watt:firstname.lastname@example.org or Themba Masuku:email@example.com
2022 Police Human Rights Dialogue- Theme: Arbitrary Arrest – 22 March 2022
Theme: Arbitrary Arrest
Save The Date: 22 March 2022
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) will host the 2022 Dialogue on Police and Human Rights on 22 March 2022 in hybrid form at the SAHRC National Oﬃces in Johannesburg to explore the challenges and solutions to the problem of arbitrary arrest.
Not everyone who is arrested by the police is charged, prosecuted, and convicted of a criminal oﬀence. While there are justﬁable reasons for an arrest without charge, research suggests that in South Africa, many such arrests are ‘arbitrary’, and simply shouldn’t have been made in the ﬁrst place. An arbitrary arrest is one that is unlawful, unjustﬁed, or discriminatory. It is a violation of the constitutionally protected right to liberty, and in guaranteeing the right to freedom and security of the person, Section 12 (1) of the Constitution speciﬁcally prohibits arbitrary arrest. Every year this costs the economy millions in litigation, lost opportunity reputational damage and individual and family trauma.
Please diarize the date and indicate your interest in attending by RSVP to Sibongiseni Tula at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Helene van der Watt at Helene@apcof.org.za
APCOF welcomes our new trustee
Dr Sandy Africa is an Associate Professor in Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), lecturing in public policy and international relations. She currently serves as UP’s Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities. Prior to this, she worked in top management roles in the South African security sector, followed by extensive capacity-building, policy research and technical support to various national, sub-regional and regional initiatives aimed at strengthening democratic control and oversight of the security services, particularly on the African continent. Her research is centred on peacebuilding, security sector reform and governance, and access to information to security information. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, located in South Africa.