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  • Action For A Safe Sa 24th June 2008

    1. 1. Action for a Safe SA Cape Town 24 th June 2008 Barbara Holtmann [email_address]
    2. 2. Action for a SAFE SOUTH AFRICA <ul><li>Problem statement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we change South African thinking, spending and action in response to crime and violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime in South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How unsafe are we? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a Safe South Africa? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it look like right now? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A macro view - the cycle of crime, violence and distrust </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Crime in South Africa <ul><li>Recorded Crimes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>> 2 000 000 priority crimes reported in 2006/2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>721,129 contact crimes (murder, attempted murder, hijacking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Burglary steadily down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robbery steadily up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>415,000 “All theft not mentioned elsewhere” – no action expected or offered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice Capacity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under reporting estimated @ between 33 & 66% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 year case backlog in Courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity for 114 000 inmates in Correctional Facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current population of Correctional Facilities 164 000 </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. How unsafe are we? <ul><li>Non-Natural Death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children 6x more likely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women are 5x more likely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men are 8x more likely </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alcohol Abuse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R41 billion on alcohol in 2006 - R16 out of every R100 spent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47% homicide victims test positive for alcohol at time of death </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>66% of people presenting in trauma units @ hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>50% rape victims are “high or drunk” @ the time of the incident </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arms/Guns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>62% homicides committed with guns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>66 guns a day lost or stolen from legal to illegal pool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>192 000 new violent crimes in the course of last year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>528 per day (SAPS Annual Report) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. What is a Safe South Africa? <ul><li>Visioning Exercise For a Safe South Africa </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children play safely in the streets of leafy suburbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawns lead down to picket fences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents sit by open doors making supper to eat in the garden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sound of laughter and street cricket, football </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycles lean against the pavement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picnics in the park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools the centre of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vegetable gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective transport systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone is busy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women walk alone in the dark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old people sit peacefully outside </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What does it look like right now? <ul><li>Private Security - R46 billion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building fortresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Armed response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric fences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveillance cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boom gates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Burglar bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security gates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alarm systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60000 extra police by 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total - 193 000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of Criminal Justice System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of departments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Performance standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 000 more social workers by 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total - 15 000 social workers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncertain future for best unit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting Head of SAPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting Head of NPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undercurrent of fear and distrust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Growing demand for more and more punitive justice </li></ul>
    7. 7. A Macro View – the Cycle of Crime, Violence and Distrust
    8. 12. Thank you – Panel Discussion

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