SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2004, Issue 8, 2004
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Volume 2004, Issue 8, 2004
Author Anton Du PlessisSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 1 –4 (2004)More Less
Can you use lethal force to protect your property, and if so, when? South Africans are confused about how much force they can use in defending themselves from crime, and mistakes in this area could have disastrous consequences. While the law remains unclear, the constitutional right to life is likely to be given precedence over the right to protect property.
Author Themba MasukuSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 5 –10 (2004)More Less
Publicly available data on police misconduct and the use of force has been found to be unreliable and inconsistent. Such information is important for public accountability, but also for police managers to monitor their staff and thereby improve performance and service delivery. Indicators of police use of lethal and nonlethal force, torture, public complaints and corruption must be developed and monitored by the police, and reported to the public via the SAPS annual report.
Author Ted LeggettSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 11 –16 (2004)More Less
Reducing crime is not just about making arrests and convicting criminals. The social and economic inequalities that cause crime require 'crime prevention' measures that can take years to show any results. But there is an alternative. This article argues for locally based interventions that can change social behaviour in the short term and have an immediate impact on safety and security. By-laws, for example, can be used to target those with something to lose and to regulate the 'free-for-all' environment that grips many of our inner cities.
Author Duxita MistrySource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 17 –24 (2004)More Less
For several years, the police have maintained that crime levels in South Africa are 'stabilising'. Without alternative sources of crime statistics, it is impossible to test these claims. The most reliable supplements to police data are national victim surveys, which are now conducted regularly in several countries for precisely this purpose. The 2003 National Victims of Crime Survey shows that crime levels, as measured by the surveys, have indeed declined since 1998. Public sentiment does not reflect this good news however - feelings of safety are much worse now than they were five years ago.
Author Lillian ArtzSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 25 –30 (2004)More Less
The second in a series of articles on the Domestic Violence Act considers some of the most difficult issues that magistrates must decide on. These include the temporary removal of the 'abuser' from the common home, emergency monetary relief for 'victims', and orders specifying the terms of contact with children. Magistrates' opinions on these controversial issues vary greatly, with the result that victims get uneven assistance from the courts. Magistrates, however, argue that the variation of opinion reflects their independence and discretion, as well as the various capacities of the lower courts to implement the Act.
Author Jean RedpathSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2004, pp 31 –36 (2004)More Less
The 'Scorpions' are probably the most recognised law enforcement body in South Africa. Yet their existence appeared to be under threat during 2003 when highly placed figures suggested that they 'cherry-pick' their cases, and are open to political manipulation. There was even talk of disbandment or restructuring under the police on the grounds of unconstitutionality. While the Scorpions appear to have weathered that particular storm, the issues remain. Is there any substance to the accusations?