SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2006, Issue 18, 2006
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Volume 2006, Issue 18, 2006
Author Antoinette LouwSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 1 –8 (2006)More Less
Despite growing fears of a new 'crime wave', the public have access to official crime statistics only up to March 2006. Although much of the news up to this point was positive, perceptions of the statistics and of government's position on crime in the last six months have been characterised by scepticism and alarm. The Minister of Safety and Security assured us that next year the statistics will be released soon after the end of the financial year. This, together with a much clearer strategy and commitment from government as a whole for dealing with crime, may help to assuage public anxiety.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 9 –16 (2006)More Less
Idasa and Afrobarometer public opinion surveys conducted since 1994 reveal that levels of reported experiences with crime are unchanged over the past four years, but that public perceptions of overall safety and the performance of the police are actually improving. Of greatest concern is that the January-February 2006 survey found that almost half of all South Africans think that 'all' or 'most' police officials are involved in corruption. These are the highest rates recorded across ten different types of public servants. In contrast to the improving trends in public perceptions of crime, citizen views of corruption in the police (and other government institutions) are becoming worse.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 17 –24 (2006)More Less
Afrobarometer's regular surveys of public attitudes toward governance, democracy and economics in 18 African countries shows that experiences of crime and concerns over safety in South Africa are indeed quite prevalent, but are by no means exceptional. People in some African countries are as, or even more, fearful than South Africans, and there are several countries in which people confront crime more frequently than do South Africans. The results also show that the South African Police Service, despite having higher levels of physical and human capital than its counterparts to the north, often lags well behind in terms of transparency and community relations.
Author Jake MoloiSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 25 –29 (2006)More Less
Rape is one of the most underreported crimes worldwide, not least because of the trauma facing complainants once the case goes to trial. The case of S v Zuma was a clear illustration of this problem. The court's decision to allow Zuma's lawyers to cross-examine the complainant about her sexual history (governed by section 227of the Criminal Procedure Act) has far-reaching implications. The court's failure to deal properly with section 227 has set a worrying precedent that is now binding on the lower courts where the majority of rape cases are heard. Moreover, the judgment does not reflect a consideration of the impact on the complainant's right to human dignity, privacy and equality. This means the court missed an opportunity to align section 227 with the constitutional dictates that now govern the administration of justice in South Africa.
Author Bilkis OmarSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2006, pp 31 –36 (2006)More Less
The effect of the pending South African Police Services (SAPS) restructuring process has raised concerns about the future of specialised policing units, including the Area Crime Combating Units (ACCUs). The concerns relate to the fact that these units may lose their specialist abilities and become overburdened, ultimately leading to the end of the units in their current form. Considering that the trends show an increase in the number of public protests over time, it could be argued that the proposed changes may not be in the country's best interests. This article considers the implications of the proposed SAPS restructuring on the ACCUs.