Most young people know a criminal - poll

2012-12-06 22:11

Johannesburg - About two-thirds of South African youth claim to know a professional criminal, a survey revealed on Thursday.

Consumer insights company Pondering Panda conducted the poll among 2 995 South Africans aged between 18 and 34.

"Young, black and coloured South Africans were more likely to claim they knew people who were professional criminals, with 68% of blacks and 69% of coloureds saying they knew people such as these," Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"In contrast, 36% of whites and 4% of Indians claimed they knew professional criminals."

Respondents in the North West were most likely to know professional criminals, with 76% of people interviewed in the province saying they did. It was followed by the Free State at 71%, and the Eastern Cape at 70%.

In Gauteng, 59% of people interviewed said they knew a professional criminal.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said the poll showed that criminals operated openly in many communities.

She said 87% of the youth polled thought committing crime was always wrong, even if they were not caught.

"This represents a huge opportunity for the government, as a well-motivated reward system for information could have a dramatic impact on current levels of crime," she said.

"It is encouraging that most young people think crime is wrong under any circumstances, in spite of knowing criminals who are getting away with it."

The interviews for the survey were carried out by cellphone between 7 and 10 November and the results were weighted to be nationally representative.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 22:16

    Most of the young people today ARE criminals

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-12-07 06:16

      YES of course they do! Most young people know Jacob Zuma! HA hahahaha

  • koos.tonteldoos.1 - 2012-12-06 22:34

    If you know someone working in the government, chances are very good you know a professional criminal.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-12-06 22:44

    Haha I love my indian people but really do only know so few criminals, don't believe

      loading123 - 2012-12-07 07:05

      I think it's more of an honesty report, lol. Indians seem to be the least honest. "What criminals? No, we don't have any, ha ha. Hey Raj, pass the bong"

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-06 23:07

    Pay good rewards for unemployed 'crime busters'. Money talks and in no time crime will drop significantly.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-12-06 23:08

    That is so true,i know about 4 criminals but i cant say coz they will be released soon and come after me.

  • weke.jolex - 2012-12-06 23:57

    may b thse ar th criminals them selvs , I wonder wat th responses wud hav been if they wer askd-----> young ppl, ar u criminals ?

      Don.Tandy - 2012-12-07 08:42

      Is this the new language commonly known as 'idiot speak'?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-07 09:20

      @Don... too lazy to type the complete words or just plain stupid ?....

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  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-12-07 01:32

    I think that might be the most shocking thing I've ever read on a news site.

  • ndumiso.mavuso.5 - 2012-12-07 02:20

    Of course I know a lot of Metro Cops!!

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-07 04:28

    Pondering panda what a name. There was no need for this study everybody knows the anc. The biggest professional criminals by far.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-07 05:30

    If i get knowledge of a pro crim i will link him/her 2metro or the hawks~ depending?

  • King Sebetso - 2012-12-07 05:43

    professional criminal is a corruption leader coz he/she is never caught nor goes to jail.

      King Sebetso - 2012-12-07 05:48

      corrupt 'i meant to say'

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-07 05:46

    Now this its true but understated. We all know a criminal, avert ask we all know Government!

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-07 05:54

    Amanda! If we are referring to politicians the whole of SA know a lot of criminals. They are collectively known as "parliament ".

  • nicolajane.harrison.3 - 2012-12-07 06:07

    This is scary!:-/

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-07 06:23

    hardly surprising since most of them seem to be in charge of running the country.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-07 06:40

    Why is this pondering panda so bloody into race? Every other day we hear what whites, blacks and indians and who knows what else think. Surely there are other angles to do surveys from?

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-12-07 07:19

    Yes, well EVERYBODY knows Jacob Zuma!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-07 09:15

      Have a Bells....

  • Silas Hlahla - 2012-12-07 07:32

    the most sophisticated criminal i know is pondering panda with its bogus opinion polls aimed @ advancing a political agenda! disgusting!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-07 09:04

      So you don't think crime is a problem in this country?

  • thabo.moela.547 - 2012-12-07 07:54

    Yes we know them they stole our land......

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-07 09:14

      Oh we go again....

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-07 07:57

    Just goes to show that 'criminality' has become a way of life. Our "leaders" set the example!!!!!

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-12-07 08:19

    There are more than 10million young people in SA. 2995 is less than 1%

  • cindychanmessenger - 2012-12-07 08:19

    professional criminals or not, whether they get caught or not the puinshment is jail which is like a holiday resort. so what message are we sending to the youth today?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-07 08:19

    Wake Up? If you are aware of criminal activity and do nothing to prevent it you become an accessory to the crime. In effect a criminal yourself. If a society so riddled by crime and criminals maybe the rest of us should be locked away somewhere.

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-07 08:19

    Never mind a way of life, it is SA's National sport, apart from bonking.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-12-07 08:36

    Most older people know politicians too!

  • ofentse.thole - 2012-12-07 08:52

    I also know professional criminals - in the government and ANC stealing from the poor, the most profesional of them all.....skelm showerhead Zuma

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-07 09:01

    If I was a young person who knew criminals I'd be really p*ssed off and report them... why should you work your butts off to get somewhere in life and these guys just come in and take it from you? And then you have to count yourself 'lucky' if you didn't get raped and/or murdered?? Because let's face it, sooner or later we all get hit or someone close to us... Time to take back our streets!

  • brett.misselhorn - 2012-12-07 09:37

    Not sure you can be a "professional" criminal if people know it's you?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-07 10:13

      that's what's so stuffed up about SA - these guys are known in the community, they pay people off. Youngsters look up to them because they have money. What they don't realise is that they would just as easily cut your throat too if they thought you had something they could take.

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-12-07 10:16

    **No Snitching**

  • jacob.molife - 2012-12-07 14:24

    Set a thief to catch a thief : it

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