SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2010, Issue 31, 2010
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Volume 2010, Issue 31, 2010
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 1 –2 (2010)More Less
Welcome to the first edition of SA Crime Quarterly for 2010. This promises to be an exciting year, for a number of reasons. Of course the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament will be a particular highlight. During June / July the world's attention will be focused on South Africa and everything the country has to offer. In SA Crime Quarterly 29 Burger and Omar (September 2009) assessed security preparations for the World Cup and there is little doubt that we will do a post mortem of event security later this year.
Author Debbie BudlenderSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 3 –8 (2010)More Less
Soul City has recently embarked on a multi-year campaign that aims to prevent and reduce violence through focusing on alcohol abuse. This article describes an exercise commissioned by Soul City to estimate the expenditure allocations and expected revenue of national and provincial government departments in South Africa that can be attributed to alcohol abuse. The article highlights, in particular, the estimates derived for the security-related departments, namely Safety and Security, Correctional Services, Justice and Constitutional Development, and the national and provincial departments responsible for policing. The article concludes with suggestions regarding areas that would benefit from further investigation.
Author David BruceSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 9 –17 (2010)More Less
Following an announcement in 2004 by the South African government that in the coming years it would endeavour to reduce violent crime by seven to ten per cent per annum, total levels of violent crime dropped by 25 per cent over the next five years. However, a closer look at the crime statistics over this period reveals a number of peculiarities that require explanation. In recent years there have also been numerous press reports on the manipulation of crime statistics that have highlighted the existence of incentives within the SAPS not to record violent crime. This article argues that the identified peculiarities in crime statistics can be understood as linked to non-recording, which is shaped by a hierarchy of violent crime in which some categories of crime are viewed as important while others are viewed as unimportant. This implies that current violent crime statistics cannot be relied on as an indicator of trends in violent crime.
Author Andrew FaullSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 19 –25 (2010)More Less
Crime statistics can only offer a limited measure of police performance, if they can be a measure of performance at all. Many types of crime fluctuate completely independently of policing. To place pressure on the police to reduce crime statistics leads to perverse incentives, typically to not record crime (see the article by Bruce in this edition of SACQ). In South Africa, crime statistics are still seen as a measure of police performance rather than a measure of the challenge facing the police, and indeed society as a whole. Other police performance assessment measures currently in place also contribute to poor and abusive policing practices. This article explores these issues by drawing on research conducted in recent years, and through reference to the South African Police Service (SAPS) performance chart.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 27 –34 (2010)More Less
As anticipated by the drafters of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA), the South African Police Service holds the key to the successful implementation of the Act. Over the past ten years, researchers and independent bodies tasked with monitoring the implementation of this legislation have consistently called for more training for police officials on how to deal with domestic violence. However, the reality is that police officials already receive such training. The question that therefore arises is why these training programmes appear to be ineffective in ensuring compliance with the DVA. A recently completed research and advocacy project found that although the majority of SAPS members interviewed had a basic understanding of the DVA and its key concepts, their ability to apply its provisions in practical problem-solving scenarios was often limited, leading to the recommendation that training methodologies should be more practice-oriented if they are to improve DVA compliance.
Author Gareth NewhamSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 35 –37 (2010)More Less
Since the 2009 national election, minister of police, Nathi Mthethwa, has been reorganising and strengthening the national secretariat of police. The existence of this body is constitutionally mandated. Gareth Newham spoke to the new national secretary of police, Jenni Irish-Qhobosheane, on 25 February 2010.