2007-12-11 : SA is not winning the war on crime

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2007-12-11 : SA is not winning the war on crime

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2008-01-09 12:14

SA is not winning the war on crime

All the government´s spin, the sarcasm of Thabo Mbeki, and the
scoffs of Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula are wiped
out by the release of the latest crime statistics.

At least we now know the truth. Between April and September truck
hijackings rose by 53,3%, business robberies by 29,3% and house
burglaries by 7%.

And this government believes it is fighting crime effectively? Our
President- in-denial believes the high rate of crime - as
highlighted in the African Peer Review Mechanism report along with
some other home truths - is exaggerated. A "populist view" he
called it, whatever that means.

It´s true, organised crime like bank robberies fell by 11,7% and
cash-in-transit heists by 26,7%. This is probably due to better
vigilance and security, with criminals turning their attention to
softer targets like businesses who have to be open and accessible
to the public - as in shopping malls - if they are to survive, and
homes that are notoriously vulnerable.

The report also showed slight decreases in serious and violent
crimes like murder, rape, attempted murder, assault with intention
to do grievous bodily harm, common assault and aggravated robbery.

But all this is cold comfort. It will not substantially calm the
everyday fears of ordinary South Africans going about their lives
without the luxury of bodyguards. Nor will it steady the nerves of
potential overseas investors and tourists.

Nqakula said 143 117 were arrested for serious and violent crimes
during the period under review. That´s an awful lot of people for
the creaking criminal justice system to cope with. Hopefully it

He also said crime statistics would now be made public every six
months. We suppose that´s some progress.
Tuesday December 11/ What we think
Education is failing

South Africa spends 5,4% of its gross domestic product on
education, above the world average of 4,7%, yet we are getting
worse results.

Urgent action is needed, says economist Mike Schussler, who
compiled the sixth South African Employment Report by the United
Associations of SA trade union (UASA).

He says although apartheid probably played a large role during the
early transition, 13 years later outcomes have not improved. Just
3% of adults have a university degree.

UASA said the country must urgently create an environment to
address the severe skills shortage: "This means the government,
employers and trade unions have to stop playing the race card when
it comes to employment equity, training and education."

We are reaping what the government has sown by its social
engineering that has driven skilled people overseas or out of
professions like teaching, and devalued education, training and
hard work as the tools for success. BEE fortunes have been made
because of skin colour and political connections, hardly the right
example for the young. Is it any wonder education is bottom of the

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