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Title:Security for all? Politics, economy & the growth of private security in Swaziland
Author:Simelane, Hamilton SiphoISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:35
Issue:118
Pages:599-612
Language:English
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:national security
private enterprises
vigilante groups
political economy
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240802569276
Abstract:Like many other African countries, Swaziland has in recent years experienced a rapid growth of various private security initiatives. In urban areas, security privatization manifests itself in the form of a mushrooming of formal private security companies, while in rural areas, where the majority of people live, informal community police groups operating outside the control and recognition of the public police provide protection against crime. This article argues that the growth of private security initiatives in Swaziland cannot be understood only with reference to the 'weak' African State, but must also be analysed in the context of the country's unequal political economy and the utilization of public security forces for regime security. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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