Efforts to determine why crime in South Africa is often accompanied by excessive violence will soon bear fruit, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has said. The justice, crime prevention and security (JCPS) cluster of ministers will present a progress report to the cabinet at the July lekgotla on the work of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in this regard, Nqakula told a media briefing at parliament yesterday.
The CSVR was assigned the responsibility at the beginning of last year and the final report would be submitted to the government at the end of this year, he said. "An interim report is due this month which will cover some case studies from interviews done with inmates who are serving sentences relating to violence and violence involving young people. "The next interim report, which will be submitted in due course, will deal with violence and sexual abuse against women." The final report, therefore, would be discussed by the cabinet at the January lekgotla next year.
Nqakula said work by the JCPS continued to reduce the levels of contact crimes such as murder, rape and indecent assault. The statistics published in December on the first six months of the 2007/08 financial year (April 1 toSeptember 30 2007) indicated a steady decline in contact crimes, he said. – Sapa