In this week's Suttner's View, researcher and analyst Professor Raymond Suttner discusses the need to defend the Constitution of South Africa.
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Suttner's View: Defending constitutionalism
By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies
South Africa’s national State of Disaster and associated lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It could have a significant impact on crime and public safety, both in the short and longer term. Although it’s too early for definitive conclusions on the security impact of responses to the virus, media reports have cited instances elsewhere where restrictions on public movement have yielded some safety benefits. Between 16 and 22 March, crime in New York City dropped by 17%, with similar figures from the Netherlands. This trend wasn’t reported for all crime types however. Vehicle theft rocketed by 52% in New York during this period. →