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Action For A Safe Sa 24th June 2008 Action For A Safe Sa 24th June 2008 Presentation Transcript

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