SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2007, Issue 19, 2007
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Volume 2007, Issue 19, 2007
Author Johan BurgerSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2007, pp 1 –6 (2007)More Less
The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup has been a major talking point both locally and internationally, and many concerns have been raised over South Africa's ability to host such a major event. These concerns essentially relate to infrastructural capacity and security. It goes without saying that South Africa is obliged to provide high level security for participating teams and management as well as for the thousands of spectators who are expected to flood South Africa for the duration of the event. This article takes a look at other high level events that have been hosted in South Africa so as to get an idea of what is required and examines planned security arrangements for the 2010 World Cup.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2007, pp 7 –12 (2007)More Less
The so-called 'temporary' minimum sentencing legislation introduced into South African law in 1998 is still in place. The legislation was passed largely in response to high crime rates at the time and the perceived leniency of the courts, and prescribes minimum sentences ranging from five years' to life imprisonment for a variety of offences (including murder and rape and a range of other crimes, some of which are non-violent). Given the current furore over crime, it is highly likely that in April this year the legislation will be renewed for another year. But what has the impact of the legislation been and what legislative changes should be considered?
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2007, pp 13 –19 (2007)More Less
Efforts by police organisations to unionise and to increase their social and labour rights is an international phenomenon, and one that is becoming more vigorous in the Southern African region. However, many governments are wary of police unions and limit their rights, or refuse to recognise them at all. This gave impetus to the formation of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA), in September 2006. Two of ICPRA's aims are to assist and advise police unions all over the world and to provide the international police union movement with a voice for influencing policing futures. In South Africa, the Police and Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is assisting police in the subregion and has become a symbol of what is possible for police even in repressive states. In a rapidly changing police labour environment, police unions have the capacity to confront existing (undemocratic) occupational cultures, to promote organisational accord and to forge positive reform.
Author Firoz CachaliaSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2007, pp 21 –27 (2007)More Less
At the beginning of July last year, the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety publicly announced the launch of a six month, high intensity police operation called Operation Iron Fist. This article draws from a media statement delivered by the MEC on 2 February 2007 in which the achievements of Iron Fist between July and December 2006 were discussed. Given that little information on policing strategy is currently provided to the public, the SA Crime Quarterly hopes, by publishing extracts of the MEC's statement, to assist in documenting and publicising anti-crime efforts and to help hold accountable those in positions of leadership on crime in South Africa.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2007, pp 29 –35 (2007)More Less
As in the case of Operation Iron Fist, reviewed in the previous article in this issue, the Gauteng Department of Community Safety has been at the forefront of innovative ways to improve safety in the province. This article briefly summarises the Gauteng provincial government's Safety Strategy, adopted by the Provincial Executive in August 2006, and which will be publicly launched on 30 March 2007. The strategy is both comprehensive and ambitious, and as the first to provide a strategic framework for tackling violent and serious crime at the provincial level, will no doubt provide important lessons for other provinces to learn from.