Working towards a
safe and secure South Africa

where people and businesses live without the threat of crime and violence



The organization was established by Business in 1996 in response to a request from then President Nelson Mandela who invited Business to join hands with Government in the fight against crime. It is a special purpose vehicle, with the sole mandate to engage and give support to Government on crime-related matters, through facilitating the leveraging of skill and expertise from Businesses.

BACSA has two distinct roles. The first is to facilitate leadership in Businesses to ensure their ‘own house is in order’ by eliminating crime-enabling processes, systems and approaches, and improving crime prevention measures within the control of business. The second is to partner with Government, when invited, by sharing expertise, information, processes and technologies resident in Businesses.

These roles are fulfilled primarily by mobilising Business skills and resources in Government-defined areas of need, and the strategic alignment and coordination of Business’ anti-crime strategies and priorities.

Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) is a not for profit Company, with a Section 18A status (i.e. donor funds are tax deductible by the donor organization) PBO No: 18/11/13/1568, Governed by Board of Directors comprising business leaders representing industry and commerce, including members, executives and office bearers of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).

BACSA is totally reliant on the commitment and generosity of companies who provide the necessary financial and other support, allowing Business Against Crime South Africa to fulfil its mandate. Since its inception, BACSA has supported Government’s anti-crime efforts in a wide variety of areas across the Criminal Justice System as well as the Business sector.

Acting on the needs expressed by Government, BACSA will develop project processes to address the problems identified by Government. Once the projects have been piloted and the role out phases has been completed, the Best Practices developed by BACSA will then be institutionalised in Government.

BACSA is totally reliant on the commitment and generosity of companies who provide financial and other support .

Since its inception, BACSA has supported Governments’ anti-crime efforts in a wide variety of areas
across the Criminal Justice System as well as the business sector.

Our donors



To be Government’s primary strategic partner in leveraging a substantial and sustainable reduction in crime, to enable a safe and secure South Africa.


To support Government to rapidly and substantially reduce the levels of crime in South Africa through:
- Gaining a deep level of understanding of crime in the country and contributing towards Government’s overarching strategic objectives & priorities;
- Deploying and transferring appropriate business skills to facilitate the enduring enhancement of management, leadership, structures, organization, systems and processes in the relevant government departments;
- Assisting Government to implement a carefully defined portfolio of projects that measurably improve the Criminal Justice System (CJS) performance and institutionalize best practices;
- Mobilizing businesses to enhance practices to prevent and combat crime.


BACSA will aspire towards a set of shared values which are consistent with our core Vision and Mission, including:
- Trust and honesty;
- Integrity;
- Respect and dignity;
- Professionalism; and
- Commitment.


The realization of BACSA’s vision will be measured against the following goals:
- Government’s institutionalization and maintenance of proven joint projects in the fight against crime;
- A results-driven and sustainable partnership between Business, Government, and Communities, in the fight against crime, resulting in a growth in public confidence and a reduction in crime as reflected by national crime statistics and crime trends;
- A significant reduction in the levels of targeted crime types measured against appropriate agreed benchmarks;
- Significant improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of the Criminal Justice System such that it acts as an effective deterrent to crime, operating at levels comparable with international best practice.