The South African Police is one of the world's most controversial police forces. In this, the first detailed study of the origins and development of policing in South Africa, John Brewer places current allegations of police misconduct in their historical context. Long after similar forces elsewhere in the world had been modernized, the South African Police were continuing to discharge a colonial role, using the methods and style of the nineteenth century. Dr Brewer links this lack of development and modernization to the South African state's need for colonialism. It is this, he argues, that is also the source of the close relationship between police and state in South Africa. Now that government
policies have changed, the SAP must adapt: Dr Brewer ends by addressing the vexed question of police reform and argues that it will be severely constrained by the SAP's failure to transcend its colonial origins.
Readership: Teachers and students of politics, particularly those interested in South Africa and colonialism, police studies and criminology, modern history, and African affairs; professionals specializing in these areas.
John D. Brewer, Professor of Sociology, Queen's University of Belfast
"From reviews of Inside the RUC: an excellent book which gives genuine sociological insights into policing a divided society" Irish Journal of Sociology"
"an outstandingly splendid monograph on the daily reality of policing" - Reviewing Sociology