17 February 2002The Crimewave
|It's back broken?|
Tshwete has been on a major drive against crime.
he will be remains to be seen. The aim of his project is to get the people
in South Africa involved, to accomplish a mindshift away from the police
and more to community involvement in the fight against crime.
From township to township, wherever there's a stadium or community center, his crusade continues. Now Tshwete has been fairly successful with a lot of projects, and we can only hope that his people will start listening to what he has to say.
As the communities loose respect and time for our law-enforcement officers, the pressure is really on government to prove that they are making an effort from their side. A typical example of the pressures exerted on our police force can be seen from the numerous suicides amongst police officers, the now well-known "dog training" episode and various other acts of violent force against criminals.
At any one time there are more officers on stress related leave than on duty. The recent increase of "peace" officers in Johannesburg was a positive step forward in combating crime in the city. The deployment of camera systems in the Johannesburg and Cape Town CBD's can only help in reducing the statistics. But a few minor changes are desperately needed in the law books and constitution.
Crime, as with any other social responsibility has it's grassroots at home. The way you're brought up. The way you are disciplined by your parents and the social surroundings during your youth. These are all major influences in what you'll become one day and your general attitude toward life in general. Looking at the history of South Africa it is plain to see that the youngsters involved in the "struggle" of years gone by are now the adults of today. With the general tendency of rebellion in anything to do with government and / or the law, it is no wonder we are where we are today. A lot of the black population is still out for revenge, to take back what they believe belongs to them. This includes wealth and prosperity and whatever it is what the white man accumulated over the years. Government is being "rebelled" against for their inability to provide and make good on their promises. And as is all that does not agree with the South African black, the police service is a legacy of the "apartheid regime".
In short that is where we still are. Then of course you only have to look as far as government corruption, our infamous gravy train and the many officials and comrades who still get away with rape and murder. The raping of the countries resources and the murder of their own people.
From the white mans' perspective, we are living under stressful and chaotic conditions. Why abide by the law? Why worry about litter, about the rules of the road, about theft (albeit in a white-collar way) or about human decency when governments' example is the opposite? I know that it's a question of time before my house gets burgled (again), or that I will be intimated by a black taxi driver (again) or even get hijacked (carjacked). And if all this has to happen at the same time and I survive, I will probably only be too thankful that I'm still alive. How sad a situation.
But back to crime in general. The SAPS (South African Police Services) has had some major breakthroughs on crime. Pakistanis got arrested in Pretoria with a state official for providing falsified passports and other documents to illegals. Another similar arrest was made though this time involving a Chinese citizen. Drug busts are becoming an everyday occurence with major roadblocks netting quite a variety of offenders. From outstanding fines to stolen vehicles and illegal weapons.
The next episode in this saga involves our jails. And we all know that they're too full. It's a vicuous circle and a subject on it's own.
With governments' inability to keep sustainable growth going in industry, their continued rape of the rich (in general) for self-enrichment and rive corruption in government which does not want to go away (mainly due to the inability or powers higher up) crime as it is currently will still be with us for some time to come. It will take generations to bridge the gap and a lot of understanding, patience and insight from parents.