SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2005, Issue 11, 2005
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Volume 2005, Issue 11, 2005
Author Antony AltbekerSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 1 –8 (2005)More Less
Since the 1990s, South Africa has developed a reputation for being 'the crime capital of the world'. We believe, in other words, that crime levels here are at least as high, but usually higher, than those with which the rest of humanity must contend. This consensus is a staple of dinner party conversation, punditry and political contestation, and has become so entrenched that arguments to the contrary often come across as either disrespectful of crime victims or as politically unctuous. But is this notion empirically true? Any openminded reading of the existing data suggests that the answer to this question must be tentative and provisional.
Author Janine RauchSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 9 –13 (2005)More Less
Politicians, religious leaders and social commentators have all spoken about a breakdown in morality in South Africa, with crime as the most commonly cited evidence. The moral regeneration initiative is one response to this crisis, emerging in parallel to countless other initiatives aimed at reducing crime, some of which have themselves contained explicit appeals to morals, values or ethics. A review of its origins and development shows that the moral regeneration initiative has suffered from a lack of clarity about both its mission and its strategy. The movement's attempts to build meaningful civil society participation in the campaign have also been a key challenge.
Author Boyane TshehlaSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 15 –20 (2005)More Less
Although legislation exists to govern the incorporation of traditional leaders into the post-1994 democracy, intense debates on the issue continue. Traditional leaders contribute to several spheres of governance, but their role in crime prevention and the administration of justice is more pronounced. The key question should not be whether traditional leaders should perform such functions, but how they can participate in the delivery of local safety.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 21 –26 (2005)More Less
In SA Crime Quarterly No 8 2004, the argument was made for better use of bylaws by city governments in an effort to prevent crime. Another equally effective tool available to municipalities lies in the area of urban planning. Crime is closely tied to the places in which it occurs. That is why many residents and businesses have opted for enclosed neighbourhoods and security villages. But there are alternatives that avoid the problems of access and exclusion that come with erecting barriers. A model recently piloted by the CSIR shows the benefits of directly involving residents in the planning of integrated safety strategies for their area.
Author Jonny SteinbergSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 27 –31 (2005)More Less
In December 1993, the national police commissioner issued a draft National Instruction on sector policing. The West Rand policing area in Johannesburg has interpreted this instruction creatively and ambitiously, and used it to fashion a new style of grassroots policing. This article describes the form of policing taking shape in the West Rand and the challenges facing police officials in the area.
Author Cheryl FrankSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2005, pp 33 –36 (2005)More Less
Studies that purport to count the cost of crime have wide appeal in the private and public sectors, and in the media. Information on the cost of a particular problem and its solution can no doubt assist decision makers. But in the case of crime, assessing the 'cost' is so fraught with difficulty that the results hardly seem worth the effort. Some kinds of 'cost of crime' studies are more beneficial to the policy process than others, and the findings need to be used with great care.