Following approval by the Cabinet, a CSVR study on the violent nature of crime is to be the subject of a briefing by Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, to the Portfolio Committee on Police, this coming Tuesday the 9th of November. It is anticipated that five as yet unreleasd reports from the study will be released on that day and will be available on the CSVR website
Minister Mthethwa last Thursday announced that Cabinet had approved the study, indicating that he welcomed this development as this would ‘pave the way for public comment in the coming weeks’.
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 with an agreement between government and CSVR being finalised in February 2007. The study seeks to answer the fundamental question on why crime in South Africa tends to be violent in nature.
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. Two initial reports were released to the public in August 2008 but five are not as yet in the public domain. The reports compiled in terms of the study were 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 study have not as yet been released:
- 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).
- Component 5: Case studies on perpetrators of violent crime (November 2008).
- 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).