Most youth don't trust cops - survey

2013-03-08 17:41
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Johannesburg - Most young South Africans do not trust the police, a survey released on Friday has found.

Fifty-three percent of youth surveyed did not trust police, 23% were afraid of the police, and 22% believed the police could be trusted, consumer insights company Pondering Panda found.

"Women were more likely than men to say they were afraid. Twenty-seven percent of female respondents claimed to be scared of the police, compared to 18% of males," the company said.

"In terms of race, black and white respondents felt equally fearful of the police, with almost one in four (24%) of both groups saying the police scared them."

Those perceptions were consistent across both age and location.

A total of 3 003 people, aged between 15 and 34, were interviewed by cellphone across South Africa for the survey.

It found young people had strong opinions on police brutality, with 80% believing the beating and torturing of people at the hands of the police was something which often occurred.

"In comparison, 15% thought it was something that did not happen often, and only 3% believed it rarely happened."

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said: "Young people are trapped between a high rate of crime and a police force they don’t trust, a situation that can only lead to further disillusionment with South Africa’s future.

"This situation needs to be addressed urgently if youth are to feel safe enough to co-operate with police and help reduce crime."

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