In July 1991, South African President FW de Klerk announced the appointment of Hermanus Kriel the Cabinet post of Minister of Law and Order. As the official responsible for the oversight of the controversial national police, the South African Police (SAP), would Kriel perhaps the toughest job in a rapidly changing South Africa: a job all the more daunting by the recent revelations of a police role in fueling factional disputes among the blacks. The growing scandal had reinfor … Read more »

In July 1991, South African President FW de Klerk announced the appointment of Hermanus Kriel the Cabinet post of Minister of Law and Order. As the official responsible for the oversight of the controversial national police, the South African Police (SAP), would Kriel perhaps the toughest job in a rapidly changing South Africa: a job all the more daunting by the recent revelations of a police role in fueling factional disputes among the blacks. The growing scandal, SAP had reinforced the reputation among black South Africans as one of the most hated symbols of white rule. For over four decades, the South African Police Service had been entrusted with the enforcement of the country’s notorious and unjust system of apartheid – a task he with what many had done as excessive zeal and brutality. All this was in the name of the SAP was the apartheid system, which was done sworn to uphold it. But in the 1980s was to end, the basics of the system began to change dramatically and SAP mission was no longer in force. This case details the changes within SAP took place during the post-apartheid era. It should be coupled to HKS830 (Part B). HKS case number 1095.0.
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Esther Scott
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
22 pages.
Release Date: 1 January 1991. Prod #: HKS829-PDF-ENG
Through the Ages: South African Police in the post-apartheid era HBR case solution

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