Policing reform in Africa

Moving towards a rights-based approach in a climate of terrorism, insurgency and serious violent crime

Contemporary police forces in African states are all facing new challenges, some of them unique to the African continent. Whether it be in confronting their own historical origins or facing increasingly organized criminal networks, these challenges are reshaping and redefining the purpose and operations of African police organizations.

APCOF Research Paper 22

In 2015, a study was undertaken to measure South Africa’s remand system against the Guidelines on the Conditions of Arrest, Police Custody and Pre-Trial Detention in Africa (the Luanda Guidelines) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission).

APCOF Policy Brief Policing of terrorism in Kenya

Despite the entrenchment of a Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution, limited information, compounded by ineffective approaches and policy gaps, inhibits the policing of terrorism in Kenya. This, in turn, has hampered the advancement of a rights-based approach to the policing of terrorism and other serious violent crimes in the country.

APCOF Policy Brief Child and Youth Care Centres

There have been various reports pointing to a lack of independent oversight and monitoring of child and youth care centres (CYCCs) in South Africa.

No 020 Police detention facilities in South Africa – Melanie Lue Dugmore

South Africa’s legal framework provides a comprehensive police accountability architecture. This is reflected in the mandates of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the Civilian Secretariat for Police (Civilian Secretariat).

IPID Workshop 20 -21 November 2017

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) held a workshop on 20 and 21 November 2017 at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria to discuss the forthcoming legislative amendments to the IPID Act.

Child and Youth Care Center by Zita Hansungule

The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (‘the CJA’) reformed the way in which legislation interacts with children in conflict with the law. Consequently, children are no longer dealt with in a harsh, punitive manner but in a way that is in accordance with the values underpinning the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution), and the fundamental rights contained therein. Both the Constitution and the CJA define a child as a person under the age of 18 years.

2017 APCOF Submission Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 24 November

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Critical Infrastructure Bill (Bill). The Bill will replace the National Key Points Act (102 of 1980). In principle, APCOF supports efforts to replace the Act on the basis that it contains a number of provisions which are inconsistent with the Constitution and broader legislative framework.