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The status of governmental relations with reference to decentralisation of public safety and security

Ernest Ababio, Tamsanqa Edgar Tengeni
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 4, No 2 | a161 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v4i2.161 | © 2008 Ernest Ababio, Tamsanqa Edgar Tengeni | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2016 | Published: 04 April 2008

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Ernest Ababio, Public Management and Governance at North-West University’s Vanderbijlpark campus, South Africa
Tamsanqa Edgar Tengeni, North-West University, South Africa

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Two of the challenges facing South Africa are crime and victimisation. This article explores the effectiveness of governmental bodies in the whole-of-government approach to ensure accountability and oversight over safety and security. Significantly, the article highlights the prevalence of weaknesses in the decentralisation of safety and security powers and responsibilities. Recommendations are offered to help improve and bridge these gaps.


Governmental relations; safety; security; national; provincial; local government; municipalities; intensity of relations; parliament; legislatures


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