oa Crime Research in South Africa - The citizen and the law : certain rights and limitations

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



South Africans have reached the point where they are fed up with the crime situation in our country. Tony Leon describe it best by referring to the situation as "gatvol vir misdaad". There is a tendency amongst South Africans to try and to restore order themselves. In doing so, they will have to take cognizance of the fact they the law limits their efforts to do so. Although we all feel that we would like to support - we have to realize that we are forbidden by law to go beyond the parameters of the law.

By implication, this topic deals with the topic of self policing. I am not a lawyer - but a policing scientist and this paper will focus on a policing perspective on this issue. Readers involved in the legal fraternity must bear with me - let us share some ideas about my interpretation of the practical realities regarding the rights and limitations for concerned citizens.
What readers may read, may not sound very attractive to some people who are eager to learn more about the law which should enable them to make their respective surrounding a safer place. As far as safety and security issues are concerned, all of us must realize one thing - the situation in South Africa is not what we would like it to be. Fact of the matter is we inherited the situations and the question is now what can one do to improve our own safety. Everybody must understand that in order to help to protect themselves, they will have to work within the parameters of the law.

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