SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2002, Issue 2, 2002
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Volume 2002, Issue 2, 2002
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 1 –4 (2002)More Less
The success of any policy is measured by how it is implemented and its effect. Given this, the implementation of crime prevention policy in South Africa has not had a promising start. This is hardly surprising, considering that the lead responsibility for crime prevention lies with the police, rather than with the government departments specifically focused on social issues. It is argued that the establishment of a national crime prevention centre that offers support to local communities be prioritised.
Author Sibusiso MasukuSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 5 –12 (2002)More Less
South Africa's high levels of violent crime have a significant effect on people's lives. A review of the trends and risk factors associated with violent crime begs the question about who should be leading the effort to prevent violence? The South African Police Service currently has this responsibility - but is this appropriate? And which other departments should be playing a greater role?
Author David BruceSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 13 –17 (2002)More Less
One issue that has been of particular concern in South Africa over the last few years has been the high number of violent incidents in which members of the SAPS have been killed. Research has been done to determine the risk profile of police, the circumstances of killings both on and off duty, and the motives of police killers. But there are unanswered questions and further research could contribute to a better understanding of the dangers facing police.
Author Ted LeggettSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 19 –22 (2002)More Less
Hillbrow's sleazy hotels are notorious crime hotspots. After a general victim survey of the Hillbrow police station area conducted by the ISS, a special follow-up was conducted in these hotels. This survey uncovered startling frankness about the prevalence of drugs, commercial sex work, and corruption in Johannesburg's inner city.
Author K.C. GoyerSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 23 –26 (2002)More Less
A South African sentenced to prison is at high risk of contracting HIV before he even arrives at prison for the first time. Prisoners are primarily young, black men from impoverished communities already hardest hit by HIV / AIDS. Much of their behaviour prior to incarceration is high risk for contracting HIV, and is likely to continue upon their release. Conditions in South African prisons also contribute to increased HIV prevalence due to gang violence, poor nutrition, and inadequate health care. If these issues are not addressed, the consequences will be dire, not only for the prison population, but for the broader society into which prisoners are released upon completion of their sentences. The overcrowding of prisons is one of the most important factors affecting prisoner health; reducing the size of the prison population is essential to prison reform.
Author Makubetse SekhonyaneSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 27 –30 (2002)More Less
Some regard the Jali Commission as another expensive exercise aimed at making recommendations that have little effect. To many South Africans, the Grootvlei video on prison corruption televised nationally this year, was the beginning of a revelation. But would this video have seen the light of day if the Jali Commission did not exist? And would there have been a specialised unit to investigate corruption, had the commission not been there? It is likely that the Jali Commission has indeed changed the way in which commissions of this kind are perceived.
Author Antony AltbekerSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2002, pp 31 –34 (2002)More Less
The Specialised Commercial Crime Court was established to hear cases of commercial criminality, brought to trial by the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit. The integration of the three main functions of the criminal justice system - investigation, prosecution and adjudication - is highly regarded as one of the best examples of successful criminal justice reform in South Africa. But before this particular model is replicated elsewhere, its undoubted success must be interrogated. However, it is difficult to be sure just what it is that has generated the service delivery improvements.