SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2004, Issue 10, 2004
Volumes & issues
Volume 2004, Issue 10, 2004
Author Hannes FaganSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 1 –5 (2004)More Less
Since 1995, prison overcrowding has mainly been caused by the massive increase in the number of awaitingtrial prisoners. Attempts to reduce these numbers have met with some success. However these efforts are nullified by an increase in the number of sentenced prisoners. Legislation passed in 1997 providing for minimum sentences is now the main cause of overcrowding. The situation will be exacerbated by changes to the release policy as per sections 73 to 82 of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 which came into effect on 1 October 2004.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 7 –12 (2004)More Less
Civilian oversight bodies such as the secretariats for safety and security and the ICD have been vocal about recent incidents of police misconduct and abuse of power. However, it is not enough to merely record and comment on such incidents. If real transformation of the SAPS and improvements in service delivery are to occur, civilian oversight should be given greater value and support by political and administrative leaders. This article presents the findings of a recent evaluation aimed at identifying ways to strengthen the secretariats' role in police oversight.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 13 –18 (2004)More Less
For over a decade the taxi industry has been heavily embroiled in conflicts that have claimed thousands of lives. At the heart of the problem is the persistent struggle over control of this multi-billion rand industry that carries over 60% of South Africa's commuters. Given its troubled and often violent history, and its substantial share of the commuter market, clearer government commitment is needed in the form of adequate investment and implementation of a comprehensive and participatory recapitalisation programme.
Author Dee SmytheSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 19 –26 (2004)More Less
Part of a series in the SA Crime Quarterly on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, this article focuses on the use of weapons in incidents of domestic violence as reflected in applications for protection orders at three Western Cape jurisdictions. Weapons are often used in domestic violence. If the police and magistrates use the powers available to them to seize weapons, it will go a long way to protecting women and the broader public.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 27 –33 (2004)More Less
In 2003 the South African Police Service intensified its efforts to confiscate illegal firearms and check legal owners' compliance with the firearms legislation. The initiative with the highest profile was Operation Sethunya ('firearm') run from April to September 2003. Sethunya was the largest ever police effort in the country focused exclusively on stemming the proliferation of firearms. The amount of weapons and ammunition collected during the operation is impressive, but what impact has it had on the number of illicit firearms in circulation?