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Vigilantism in South Africa

Monaghan, Rachel (2000) Vigilantism in South Africa. Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, 9 (2). pp. 47-62. [Journal article]

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The public murder of Rashaad Staggie - a notorious gang leader in Cape Town - by members of PAGAD (people Against Gangsterism and Drugs), and the stoning to death of a driver who had accidentally run over a two-year-old boy by an angry crowd in a township, are but two recent examples of vigilantism in South Africa. These examples do not, however, signal the emergence of a new or recent phenomenon. Rather, vigilantism, the taking of the law into one's own hands can be seen to have existed in a variety of forms throughout the twentieth century. This article examines the changing nature of vigilante activity in South Africa and suggests possible explanations for the continued existence of the phenomenon.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Informal justice, South Africa, vigilantism
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20406
Deposited By: Dr Rachel Monaghan
Deposited On:09 Nov 2011 13:52
Last Modified:09 Nov 2011 13:52

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