SA Crime Quarterly - Volume 2010, Issue 32, 2010
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Volume 2010, Issue 32, 2010
Author Steven FriedmanSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 3 –6 (2010)More Less
The need for transformation of the judiciary in South Africa has been the subject of much public discussion and debate, both in the media and among legal professionals. This article argues that the key test of judicial transformation is not whether it meets some abstract standard established by students of the law, but whether judges and courts enjoy widespread legitimacy in society. It will suggest that this approach can explain why we need a more racially and gender representative judiciary if our justice system is to operate effectively - but will also argue that a concern for racial and gender change alone will not secure the public trust in the courts and the judiciary that transformation should seek to achieve. A broader reform agenda, which understands the intrinsic link between an improved judicial system and winning broad public support for a more representative judiciary, is thus needed.
Author Jean RedpathSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 9 –17 (2010)More Less
Victimisation surveys have the potential to deepen our understanding of crime in South Africa. Using the example of a survey conducted in Galeshewe, this article considers the challenges facing analysts in analysing victimisation surveys and suggests ways to increase the information that can be mined from local and national victimisation surveys.
Source: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 19 –25 (2010)More Less
If the criminal justice system were to advertise itself to victims of sexual violence, would its tag line be L'Oreal's 'Because you're worth it'? Or would the Foundry Premium Cider comment on the building of a pyramid : 'Twelve years in the making and it still doesn't taste very good' be more apposite? Certainly, a lack of faith in, or fear of, legal processes, is one of the reasons why eight out of nine women who are raped do not report the matter to the police. This article explores the extent to which victims' lack of faith in legal processes is warranted and asks if laying a complaint is worth the effort.
Author Rudolph ZinnSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 27 –35 (2010)More Less
'House robbery' is the term formulated by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to describe a robbery where the perpetrators overpower, detain and rob the residents (occupants) of a residential premise inside their residence. There is evidence that the police have not been successful in preventing or investigating this kind of crime. Part of the problem appears to be that the police do not have sufficient crime intelligence about house robbers. This article focuses on the value of incarcerated offenders of house robberies as an additional source of crime intelligence to the police on the basis of research conducted by the author in Gauteng in 2007.
Of Nigerians, albinos, satanists and anecdotes : a critical review of the HSRC report on human traffickingSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 37 –45 (2010)More Less
The deluge of news articles about human trafficking in South Africa, and the media preoccupation with trafficking in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, could lead an observer to believe that South Africa is a 'hotbed' of human trafficking. Yet, there are no baseline data about the extent or nature of the problem. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) released a research report in March this yearthat purports to provide 'the first comprehensive assessment of human trafficking in South Africa.' Thereport is beset with methodological problems and assumptions. It is based on very little original research. The authors of this review argue that it represents a missed opportunity to provide much needed information about human trafficking in South Africa and fuels sensationalism about human trafficking.
Author Iole MatthewsSource: SA Crime Quarterly 2010, pp 47 –52 (2010)More Less
The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Menzi Simelane, has faced critical and often hostile media attention since his appointment on 1 December 2009. Both the fact of his appointment and his actions as NDPP have been dogged by controversy. In this interview with Iole Matthews, Adv Simelane speaks candidly about the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the changes he is making to the way in which the prosecuting authority operates.