Policy and Strategy Adviser, Gauteng Provincial MEC for Community Safety
Focus: Accountable Policing
Topics: Corruption, Internal Accountability
Keywords: corruption, demilitarization, disciplinary system, early warning system, information management systems, internal management, oversight agency, performance management, promotion systems
Interviewer(s): Daniel Scher
Country of Reform: South Africa
Location: Standard Bank Building, Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Tue Jan 22 2008
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Gareth Newham studied organizational psychology and political studies at the University of Cape Town. He completed a post-graduate degree in political studies and wrote his honors dissertation on civil-military relations and how South Africa could ensure democratic control of the military. In 2002, he received a master’s degree from the Graduate School for Public and Development Management at Wits University. His master’s dissertation looked at how to promote police integrity at Hillbrow Police Station, a corrupt inner-city station. Newham previously worked for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) where he led the Provincial Parliamentary Monitoring Project and conducted research on provincial legislatures. He later served as project manager for the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) where he focused on police management issues and crime prevention. In March 2006, Newham became the policy and strategy adviser to the Gauteng MEC (Member of the Executive Cabinet) for Community Safety, a post he continued to hold at the time of this interview.