Tuesday, 9 November 2010
What was the study on the Violent Nature of Crime in South Africa?
In February 2007 the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) was contracted by government to carry out a study on the violent nature of crime in South Africa.
In response to increasing public anxiety about high levels of violent crime the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster recommended to Cabinet that CSVR be commissioned to carry out a study on the issue. The recommendation was endorsed by Cabinet in July 2006.
The study resulted in the production of seven reports completed over the period June 2007 to April 2009 including the final report ‘Tackling armed violence - Key findings and recommendations of the study on the violent nature of crime in South Africa’ which was completed in February 2009.
These reports are the subject of a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Police today. All remaining reports will be released to the public today.
The reports compiled in terms of the study are the following:
Two components of the study were released to the public in August 2008.
- Component 1: The Violent Nature of Crime in South Africa – A concept paper prepared for the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (June 2007).
- Component 2: Streets of Pain, Streets of Sorrow – The circumstances of the occurrence of murder in six areas with high rates of murder (June 2008).
The following components of the project are to be released today.
- Component 3: A state of sexual tyranny – the prevalence, nature and causes of sexual violence in South Africa (November 2008).
- Component 4: Adding injury to insult – how exclusion and inequality drive South Africa’s problem of violence (October 2008). This component researched and written for CSVR by Antony Altbeker (Contact number: 082-338-3758).
- Component 5: Case studies on perpetrators of violent crime (November 2008). This component researched and written for CSVR by members of the Democracy and Governance and Child, Youth and Family Development units of the Human Sciences Research Council (Contact person: Vanessa Barolsky – 082-562-7635).
- Component 6: Tackling armed violence – Key findings and recommendations of the study on the violent nature of crime in South Africa (February 2009).
- Supplementary report: Why does South Africa have such high rates of violent crime? (April 2009).
Unless otherwise indicated components are by CSVR. The principal researcher and coordinator of the project was David Bruce, a senior research specialist at CSVR (Contact number: 082-784-8616).
After the Portfolio Committee meeting the reports and information about the project will be available on the CSVR website at www.csvr.org.za/violencestudy