SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2009, Issue 28, 2009
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Volume 2009, Issue 28, 2009
Author Chandre GouldSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 1 –2 (2009)More Less
This edition of SA Crime Quarterly comes in the wake of the successful national elections of 22 April. It also follows the announcement by President Zuma of a massive change in the composition of the cabinet. South Africa now boasts a cabinet of some 64 members. President Zuma has added three new ministries and changed the names and mandates of several existing ministries. Most notable amongst these, for readers of SA Crime Quarterly, is the change from the Ministry of Safety and Security to the Ministry of Police.
Author David BruceSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 3 –9 (2009)More Less
The 2009 South African national election has come and gone and was generally regarded as having been a great success. Voter turnout was high and the event took place, virtually without exception, in an orderly and calm manner. Despite this, there were numerous incidents of election-related violence in the build-up to the elections, and a few in the immediate aftermath. The 2009 election therefore cannot be described as having been violence free. That being the case, how should we understand election-related violence in South Africa? Is political violence during election periods here to stay, and is it something that we need to concern ourselves about in relation to future elections?
Author Andrew FaullSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 11 –19 (2009)More Less
The SAPS national strategic management has for a number of years pushed for the rollout of an internal anti-corruption strategy, and is at last making some headway. By examining the management of integrity and corruption at the Honeydew SAPS station, this article explores the extent to which this strategy and other integrity management tools are being applied at station level.
Calling for the punishment to fit the crime : genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in South AfricaAuthor Jamil Ddamulira MujuziSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 21 –24 (2009)More Less
A person found guilty of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity is liable to be sentenced to life imprisonment. However, in terms of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, a person guilty of murder or rape in certain circumstances has to be sentenced to life imprisonment unless there are substantial and compelling circumstances in which case the court has to impose a lesser sentence. This article argues, inter alia, that there is a need to amend South Africa's Implementation of the Rome Statute Act so that courts are obliged to impose life imprisonment on a person found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity unless there are strong reasons to impose a lesser sentence. This would show South Africa's commitment to punish severely those convicted of such international crimes.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 25 –33 (2009)More Less
In 2006, the South African Police Service underwent a massive restructuring aimed at eliminating the 'area' level (a functional level of services located between stations and the provincial level) and placing specially trained staff at provincial or station level. The FCS (family violence, child protection and sexual offences) units were among the services affected by this change. In 2007/08, RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) undertook a research project to review the impact of the change. The project included nine provincial workshops involving FCS staff and others, as well as a literature review of international trends. The study found that there is no longer a national pattern that demonstrates dedicated personnel and resources and specialised management of FCS cases. The study also found that South Africa is out of step with comparable poor and middle-income countries in effectively shifting away from specialised services. The study recommends that the SAPS implement a medium-term plan for the improvement of FCS services, with a focus on ensuring a continued increase in access to services, and a concomitant focus in ensuring the quality of these services.
Author Anthony CollinsSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2009, pp 35 –38 (2009)More Less
Antony Altbeker's book A Country at War with Itself provides a strong basis for considering what is wrong with current approaches to dealing with violent crime. In this article psychologist Anthony Collins reviews the book and argues that developmental psychology might offer alternative insights and solutions that go beyond policing and punishment.