Violence doesn’t solve problems

2017-03-28 06:03

Mitchell’s Plain police say they have seen a spike in assaults in recent weeks and believe this shows people are generally resorting to violence in dealing with conflict.

“It is worrying that a large percentage of these reported cases are withdrawn at a later stage, because the complainant doesn’t want to go to court or the matter has been settled in some other way,” says police spokesperson Captain Ian Williams.

“Mitchell’s Plain police view these assault cases in a very serious light. All cases that are withdrawn will in future be referred to the court where people will have to make representations as to why they don’t want to proceed with a case.”

Police also offer the following tips to avoid confrontations:

. Slowly count to 10 in your head and breathe deeply.

. Sit down; it is more difficult to shout when you are seated.

. Use “I” more than “you”, for instance “I feel hurt”.

. Remove yourself from a situation of potential physical violence.

. Do not drink excessively.

. Get enough rest and exercise so you feel less easily irritated.

. “Control your anger, don’t let anger control you.”

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