CRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA.
In February 2007, the centre for the study of violence and reconciliation was contracted by the South African government to carry out a study on the nature of crime in South Africa. The study concluded that the country is exposed to high levels of violence as a result of different factors including
1) The normalization of violence. Violence comes to be seen as a necessary and justified means of resolving conflict, and males believe that coercive sexual behaviour against women is legitimate.
2) The reliance on a criminal justice system that is mired in many issues, including inefficiency and corruption.
3) A sub-culture of violence and criminality ranging from individual criminals who rape or rob. To informal groups or more formalised gangs. Those involved in sub-culture are engaged in criminal careers and commonly use fire arms with the exception of Cape Town where knife violence is more prevalent. Credibility within this sub-culture is related to the readiness to resort to the extreme violence.
4) The vulnerability of young people linked to inadequate child rearing and poor youth socialisation as a result of poverty, unstable living arrangements and being brought up with inconsistent and uncaring parenting. South African children are exposed to risk factors which enhances the chances that they will become involved in criminality and violence.
5) The high levels of inequality, poverty, unemployment, Social exclusion and marginalization.
6) Violent Crime: 1998 – 2000 Drugs and crime ranked South Africa second for assault and murder (by all means) per capita and and first for rapes per capita in a data set of 60 countries. Total crime per capita was 10th out of the 60 countries in the data set.
7) Murder: Around 50 people are murdered in south Africa each day. The murder rate has increased by an order of magnitude in South Africa during the last 40 years though it has fallen from 66,9per 100,000 people in 1994 and 2009, from 2003-2009 crime decreased significantly according to official police data. Between 1994 and 2009 the murder rate was reduced by 50% to 34 murders to 34 per 100,000. People.
8) Questions will not be answered due to the wilful deletion of any question or answer I may make.
9) The stats were drawn up during 2007 and may not be 100% accurate.
10) Ref. Google Crime in South Africa.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.