Written by Malan Jacobs
Sunday, 22 June 2008 18:08
- The main solution for South Africa I believe lies on a moral level. Changing hearts and minds will lead to a notable reduction in the crime rate.
- One can also not underestimate the role that violence in the media plays. Parents especially needs to be responsible by limiting a child's exposure to violence.
- Job-creation is crucial to lower crime in South Africa. South Africa's unemployment rate is 36%, when using the broad classification. It's a world-wide phenomenon that unemployed young men often engage in gangs. While I'm not saying poverty is an excuse for criminal behaviour, it's a fact that the majority of crimes in South Africa occur in poorer areas. Thus, through job-creation, poverty would be alleviated which will result in a lowering of the crime rate.
- We need a more efficient police force. South Africa's conviction rate for violent crime is very low. However, it's not only a South African phenomenon. Only about 9% of cases of stabbings and serious wounding ends in conviction in England (2006). While more crime will likely be reported there, police can only solve reported cases. We must improve our criminal and justice system.
- Alcohol and drug abuse also cause huge problems. More than 50% of victims of murder were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The perpetrators are also mostly under the influence of the same.
- Rehabilitation of criminals are extremely important. A very big percentage of criminals that leaves South African jails commit crimes again. Criminals which is caught for minor offenses leave jail as a potentially more serious offender. We need more prisons as well as better control in prisons.
- Report crimes to the police. Reporting crime is crucial so that the police is aware of crime-trends. They can then tailor-made their response.
- On the website of the South African Police Service you can contact them about amongst other the following subjects (Source):
- Provide information on criminal activity or suspects involved in a crime
- Enquiry by you as the complainant, regarding progress in your case
- Complaint against the SAPS on service delivery
- Complaint against the SAPS on corruption/fraud-related activities
- Information or complaints concerning missing persons
- Firearm related information
- Report child pornography
- Police and civilian recruitment