Crime and time misc Essay

This essay has a total of 3512 words and 20 pages.

Crime and time misc


The current rate of crime in our society has reached alarming proportions. ne senseless

killings of innocent lives, the harassment of law abiding citizens, and loss of property
istotally not accepted at all levels and walks of our society.

The impact of reported and unreported incidents of crime continue to negate our newly
founddemocracy with disastrous effects to our economy. Taking intq account the nearly 2
millionserious crimes reported last year including 18.938 murders and 66838 robberies. The
highlevel of unemployment can no longer be associated or put as an excuse for high level
ofcrime because of senseless killings which cannot be linked to poverty and wants.
Armedrobbery, rape, murder hijacking, theft and house breaking has dramatically increased
since1992, this has damaged the fabric of our society.

The government [Police, defence force] has tried its level best to combat crime,
individualcitizens, sectors of the society business community, both electronic and print
media hascontributed enormously towards the solutions, however the criminals at this point
in timethink that they are a step ahead of all this efforts. Investor confidence has
reached low levelswhich adversely affects employment opportunities, inflation, money
markets and economicgrowth which ultimately affects the whole populace and the image of
this new democraticorder.

SANCO as a community mass based Organisation, has a responsibility and role to contributeto fight this epidemic.


Tle Organisation is a National unitary structure composed of 9 Provincial structures.
Belowthe provinces the are regions, sub-regions, local branches and street communities.
Thisstructures exists and function in almost all the townships, inner cities and rural
areas. SANCOhas more than 3000 launched local civics with millions of resident members. It
is our honestview in this matter that the Organisation with its structure, and formation
is best located tosuccessfully launch an anti-crime campaign which can make an impact in
finding solutionsagainst crime.

In the black townships crime has been rampant and not properly checked and
controlled,because of inadequate and inefficient methods applied, the socio- economic and
politicalfactors, the manner in which police are perceived taking into account their past
activities andfocus. This factors has resulted to criminals having a safe haven in


In order to effectively have a successful campaign SANCO has identified the following
pointswhich are seen as departure points.

- Communities to proudly own and understand the campaign prior to its launch.[community driven].
- The negative consequences of crime must be highlighted which results
toUnemployment, Poverty, loss of life, loss of property, harassment and unsafeenvironment.

- To correct the wrong perceptions that all -pbrice are involved in criminalactivities.
- 'Me responsibility of each individual citizen to be part of a solution againstcrime.

2.1. In order to maximise community participation and understanding the campaign
itself,it is important to develop a very simple and easy to understand programme.

It is a deeply entrenched custom with a very known history that an informer"impimpi"] is
killed and not accepted within black communities. In order to deal withwrong perceptions
about police and the perception that crime is directed to whites isjustifiable, this
anti-crime campaign will be known as " OPERATION WE@VA"for a simple reason that [
Siyapimpa we "inform" for a good cause] Crime is againstfreedom, democracy and RDP.

The campaign is as follows
(a) Every person who witness or have information about a crime committed/or to
be committed... will phone the central toll free number report the crime,evidence or
incident. Listant minimal reward have to be paid after an arrest ismade.

2.1. Every reported crime the caller will have to leave [ optional for rewards] his/hercontact details.

2.3. If an arrest is made a minimal reward have to be paid as incentive to the individualconcerned.
1. A central data and reporting centre must be established. The centre must
beindependently operative and directly linked with the police station and intelligence
unitto supply information.

The campaign must be launched in starting with the most affected areas.The
overallobjective is to launch it as a National campaign.

Before the launch, it must be accepted and understood by communities through aprocess of
mass meetings, street committees, police forums, organised labour churchformations, etc.

- In order to focus our campaign the listing of types of crime to be prioritised
eg.murder, armed robbery, rape, hijacking etc.

2. An anti-crime summit must be organised to include all organs of civil
societyfor adoption and to be preceded by a launch -ftia@rch or rally.

Communities must be conscietised through popular education about thenegative effects of crimes.

3. User friendly pamphlets and posters can be effective. The public must also be
ensuredabout the confidentiality of reporting to the Data and Reporting Centre.

- Both print and electronic media must be utilized to publicise the campaign. Bill
boardsand wall murrials must feature prominently for advertisement purposes.

Schools and churches, stok-vels and sports events must be targeted to spread andsustain the programme.

Consultation Process
Tle programme must be adopted by the NEC.
A meeting with the ministry of Safety and Security -
Rewards and Data and reporting centre).
Business community for funding especially NEDCOR.


Our approach to the campaign is informed by Fundamental objective conditions that
prevailthroughout the country and perceptions emerging from various institutions and
organisationson the subject of crime.

The current wave of crime must be properly located within an informed political context.

During the apartheid era the level of crime and instability was no different. The
mediafocused its attention on political upheavals and created a wrong impression that
crime waseither non-existence or low.

The police force or some of its elements are not committed to eradicating crime.
CommunityPolicing Forums are marginalised and rendered ineffective deliberately. Some key
players inthe private sector who are naturally unpatriotic especially to the present
government arecalling for radical steps to end crime as a precondition to further
investments. A call to theprivate sector never made end political repression and violence
in some provinces during the

apartheid era.

Blacks are identified as major perpetrators of crime though narrow identification of
certainincidence of crime which are conveniently ascribed to be committed by the black
youth. 'Misapproach undermines white collar crime and those who supervise black youth to
hijack cars,sell drugs. A deliberate plan by the intelligence not to crack down on these
syndicates in thesame way as UDF activities and ANC cadres in exile were traced.

Whilst we acknowledge that the current government prograninfe is inadequate including
boththe justice system and correctional services., We are convinced that all the
contemporarycritiques have a hidden agenda to render country unstable.

Based on these factors and many more we cannot support the re-introduction of the
deathpenalty. The death penalty will not resolve crime. Perpetrators of crime are well
organisedand wealthy formations who will not be affected by the death penalty. The
majority of victimsto the death penalty will be young black people who are pawns and a tip
of an iceberg to thereal cause crime.

For these reasons our campaign as SANCO focuses on complimenting the initiatives of all
those with genuine intentions in particular the government.
We must all pull our efforts together with genuine objectives to reed this country of all facets
of crime.


d) How much of the National Budget is set aside for..
Human resource development,.
Land restitution and redistribution;
Job creation;
Research for labour intensive job creation; and
Reconstruction and development programmes and projects?

National government and the provinces plan to spend R46,8 billion (or 22,8% of
expenditure) on education as a function. This also includes educational expenditure by
departments other than the education departments. The major components of this human
resource expenditure are: National expenditure on universities and technikons of R6,0
billion; Provincial spending on education of R38,9 billion; R200 million on the national
Education vote for improving management systems and quality; 0 R325million for human
resource development on the labour vote(Budgetreviewl998p.1.11)

& A total of R685 million or 0,43% of total national expenditure has been allocated to the
Department of Land Affairs in 1998/99. Of this amount R468 million is allocated under the
programmes Land Reform Policy and Land Reform Implementation. About 45% of total
departmental expenditures are allocated to capital transfers (grants).

A diverse range of government expenditure has implications for job creation. The Budget
Review 1998 (pp. 1.7-1.9) provides an outline of some of the relevant projects and
expenditures. Some of the more substantial programmes are listed. The Department of
Trade and Industry allocated R771 million to investment support, R77 million to small
business promotion and development, and R785 million for trade facilitation. The
Department of Public Works will spend approximately Rl 665 million on land and building
programmes. The Department of Public Works is also involved in developing and managing
the Community-based Public Works Programme, developing policies for affirmative
procurement policies for the state and developing strategies for transformation of the
construction industry to encourage participation of small contractors and labour intensive
methods of construction.

Several large water projects will financed over the next few years (R596 million in the
Northern Province over the next 4 years and an estimated R632 million on the Skuifraam dam
near Cape Town.) while the Working for Water programme of the Department of Water Affairs
has been very successful. In terms of the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme
R583 million will be transferred to local governments. The Department of Transport will
spend about R742 million, mostly on road construction. Hospital rehabilitation will
absorb R100 million during this financial year and is expected to increase in future

The Department of Labour has budgeted about R22 million for the programme "Labour Policy".
This includes R2 million for research and development in general. Refer to the
Department of Labour for more detail. In addition the Department of Public Works and the
Scientific and Industrial Research Council supports research and planning for labour
intensive public procurement and construction.
Continues for 10 more pages >>