n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Sentencing in South Africa : public perception and judicial process




On average, fewer than one in ten crimes reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) result in the conviction of the perpetrator. There is a feeling that crime pays in South Africa. For this reason, and because most law abiding citizens want the country's criminals to be punished, considerable interest is expressed in the sentencing stage of the criminal justice process - both by the public and judicial officers (i.e. judges and magistrates) who make sentencing decisions.


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