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Part II Police States, 7 Security Sector Reform and Democratic Transition in Parallel: The South African Case

Richard Stacey, Christina Murray

From: Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions

Edited By: Zoltan Barany, Sumit Bisarya, Sujit Choudhry, Richard Stacey

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

This chapter addresses security sector reform (SSR) in South Africa. South Africa's successes in breaking the link between the security services and the government rests largely on a robust set of constitutional rules, reflected in statutory provisions and regulations that must adhere to the principles of the Constitution. In the twenty years since the end of apartheid in South Africa, while there have been significant isolated cases of abuses committed by the security services, there has been no ongoing pattern of abuse. Moreover, in the few cases that have occurred there has usually been an accounting of the incident to the civilian authorities. The chapter then draws important lessons and warnings from these cases of abuse, as well as from the largely successful experience of civilian control and oversight of the security services in South Africa since 1994.

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