Local pens plan to eradicate crime

2016-06-07 06:00
 Elwyn Meyer (71) says he no longer fears for his well-being after publishing a how-to guide on eradicating crime.  PHOTO: Samantha lEe

Elwyn Meyer (71) says he no longer fears for his well-being after publishing a how-to guide on eradicating crime. PHOTO: Samantha lEe

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While teaching English, he came across a pupil that changed his life.

She was battered and bruised and hiding the incident of domestic abuse behind dark sunglasses during his class.

This was in the late 80s.

It was then that Elwyn Meyer decided something had to be done to address the constant crime and strife people on the Cape Flats had to endure.

He says it took him a few years of research and conceptualizations before putting pen to paper. Although he finished his work more than 10 years ago, this is the first time he has spoken out about his work. In his book he explores a model to fight crime where the victims benefit.

Although many may say there will be no end to crime, he believes there is. “I am not saying this is the only way but it is a way to eradicate crime. I will not see it in my lifetime, but many said there will never be an end to apartheid and that happened.”

His book, The Victim Shall Benefit, explains several working models that have been implemented in other countries.

It is said to be a guide to eradicating crime, drug dealings and syndicates.

“During my research I found that the government spent R100 per day to keep a prisoner in jail. So R3000 per month. I read somewhere that it is now R640, including processing. In my book I say the victim of that crime should be paid the same for as long as the perpetrator is in jail.”

Meyer remained silent for the past decade as he was afraid of the consequences. “There are many people who will not like the book because it will affect them. I was afraid they would come after me,” says Meyer.

But in December last year, Meyer broke his femur in two places. Following tests it was discovered that he had stage four cancer. He then decided to break the silence.

“I am not afraid anymore. If they come after me they will be doing me a favour.”

Meyer has no prognosis but has been diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid, bone, lung and liver.Through this he has not lost his sense of humour and makes light of the situation.

V His book is available via download and costs only $1 and can be found via a Google search.

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