The Police in South African Politics

  • John Brewer


There are a number of police bodies in South Africa functioning at regional and national levels (see Table 8.1) and it is necessary to distinguish these briefly before any consideration can be given to their role in politics.


Police Force Security Force Political Role National Party Conservative Party 
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    P. Frankel, ‘South Africa: the Politics of Police Control’, Comparative Politicsvol. 12, no. 4, 1979, pp. 486–7.Google Scholar
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    K. Grundy, Soldiers Without Politics: Blacks in the South African Armed Forces (Berkeley: University of California Press), 1983, pp. 147–8.Google Scholar
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    J. Brewer, A. Guelke, I. Hume, E. Moxon-Browne and R. Wilford, Police, Public Order and the State (London: Macmillan, 1988).Google Scholar

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© David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies 1988

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