Teaching Case - Changing with the Times: South African Police in the Post-Apartheid Era

Changing with the Times: South African Police in the Post-Apartheid Era


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    The sudden and dramatic relaxation of South Africa's infamous apartheid race codes leaves one institution accustomed to enforcing the old laws in an exceptionally difficult position. The nation's elite national police force, feared and despised by blacks as the enforcers of apartheid, must find a way to become a keeper of the new laws and order. To do so, police officials must try to find a way to win the trust of a distrustful population. Part of that task entails racial integration of the police force itself and bringing black police officers into positions of influence. This case highlights, in an exceptionally dramatic way, the ways in which the missions of public agencies can change in relationship to the political climate. It calls for imagination in coping with a crucial problem of managing organizational change.

    Learning Objective:
    This case discusses the changes and internal reforms that took place within the South African Police (SAP) during the post-apartheid era.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 1095.0
    Case Author: Esther Scott
    Faculty Lead: Philip Heymann
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 18
    Setting: Africa
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: Africa
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