SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2006, Issue 17, 2006
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Volume 2006, Issue 17, 2006
Author Jacqui GallinettiSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006 (2006)More Less
Children who are accused of crimes in South Africa are governed by the same legislation as adults. The urgent need to develop a separate child justice system culminated in the release of the draft Child Justice Bill in 2000 by the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC). A product of thorough research and consultation, the revised Bill was introduced to parliament in August 2002. The changes made after public hearings and debates in parliament in 2003 saw the whittling away of the overall child rights nature of the Bill. To add insult to injury, the legislation has, since that year, not been debated again before the portfolio committee and the legislature has provided no explanation for this state of affairs.
Author Helene CombrinckSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 1 –6 (2006)More Less
The Sexual Offences Bill finally seems to be winding its way to conclusion in parliament. It has taken three years to reach this point since its first introduction in 2003, raising serious questions about the government's sense of urgency in addressing sexual assault. This article looks at the Bill to establish what it really holds for victims of sexual assault.
Author Carina Du ToitSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 13 –18 (2006)More Less
The main principle when sentencing children is that imprisonment should be a measure of last resort and only for the shortest appropriate period of time. However, contrary to international and foreign law in this regard, South Africa continues to sentence children to life imprisonment. The aim of this article is to contrast our current sentencing practices with regard to life imprisonment for children, with the sentencing principles set out in South African common law and in international law. Furthermore, the article sets out the negative effects of a mandatory life sentence in terms of the minimum sentences legislation.
Author Cheryl GoodenoughSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 19 –23 (2006)More Less
Safety and security policy suggests that local government should play a central role in creating safer environments. This article describes how the Cato Manor Area Based Management (ABM), part of the eThekwini Municipality, has embraced this suggestion by striving to develop a sustainable co-ordinated approach to crime and safety in Durban's Cato Manor area.
Author Prince MasheleSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 25 –29 (2006)More Less
Following the politico-legal row that has engulfed the National Prosecuting Authority's Directorate of Special Operations (otherwise known as the Scorpions), President Mbeki appointed Judge Sisi Khampepe on 1 April 2005 to head a commission of enquiry (known as the Khampepe Commission) to review the mandate and location of the DSO and make recommendations. On receipt of the Commission's recommendations, the President, in consultation with Cabinet, has made a decision on the future of the Scorpions. This article analyses the implications of the decision and raises critical questions related to the past and the future.
Author David BruceSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 31 –36 (2006)More Less
Ten years after the launch of the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), South Africa is still bedevilled by high levels of violence. Given this situation, it is worth reflecting on the NCPS' analysis of the causes of crime and violence. In particular it seems the Strategy may have failed to recognise the important role that internalised racism, and related low self-esteem and concerns about status, would play in contributing to violence. These issues are discussed here in relation to the high level of interpersonal assaults in South Africa.