South African murders increase as drugs, alcohol fuel crime

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega faces pressure from opposition parties.

The number of murders committed in South Africa rose to a six-year high in the year through March, as police battle to combat crime stemming from poverty and rampant drug and alcohol abuse.

The number of homicides rose by 782 to 17,805, the South African Police Service said in its annual crime statistics report, released on its website on Tuesday. The murder rate increased for a third straight year to 33 per 100,000 people from 32.2 in the previous year, Bloomberg calculations based on the police data show. The rate in the U.S. is 4.5 per 100,000 people.

Crime “is a social problem,” Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko told lawmakers in Cape Town. “The causal link between the commission of crime and drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a standing feature in driving up levels of crime.”

The number of sexual offenses fell 5.4 percent, while attempted murder cases climbed 3.2 percent, the police report showed. Incidents of truckjacking rose by almost a third and carjackings jumped 14 percent. Commercial crimes fell 12 percent to 67,830.

There were 1,537 attacks on police during the year under review, up from 1,172 the year before. Eighty-six officers died.

“There are no clear indications that we are making progress in reducing serious violent crime,” Chandre Gould, a senior research fellow at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, said in Cape Town. “We still lack a detailed and clear crime-prevention strategy that cuts across all government departments and draws on hard evidence to ascertain what works to prevent violence.”

An increase in violent protests, socioeconomic inequality, a proliferation of firearms, a high prevalence of undocumented migrants and a resurgence of taxi-related violence all contributed to the high crime rate, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said.

The police documented 2,289 violent demonstrations by communities demanding better housing, education and other services in the year through March, up from 1,907 the year before.

Phiyega is under pressure from opposition parties and civil rights groups to resign since 34 striking miners died during a police shooting at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana platinum mines in 2012. A judicial commission of inquiry found the police used the wrong tactics to disperse the strikers, and on Sept. 22 President Jacob Zuma appointed a panel to determine whether Phiyega was guilty of misconduct.

“Our South African Police Service remains politically and operationally rudderless,” Dianne Kohler Barnard, a lawmaker for the main opposition Democratic Alliance said in e-mailed comments. “Forty-nine South Africans are murdered in this country each and every day. This number of deaths is what one would expect from a country at war.”

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What appears to be most amazing is that, depsite the very obvious breakdown of law and order and the plainly dysfunctional police service, the police commissioner, a trained social worker, and the police minister keep their jobs. Crime is more like civil war because if you compare the reported figures (no doubt there are probably more daily murders) the deaths are not dissimilar to some countries in the middle east that are at war. Yet they do not resign. Very strange people.

Even if they did resign, they would be replaced with equally (or more) incompetent “cadres”. Better the devil you know…?

Keeping drugs illegal creates crime, gangs, it is proven the war on drugs creates a problem especially keeping cannabis illegal is the crime, because there is over 30 000 medical reports on the different health benefits of the plant it has also been proven that all those old bs stories on how it kills brain cells are all lies ,then we have a expensive fuel prices you do know that this plant produces fuel cheaper than fossil fuels never mind the rand dollar exchange rate we pay on fuel, the clothing industry would be 500% cheaper if we made our clothes from this plant, never mind plastic, rubber, hempcrete to name a few and this plant cleans C02, 5 times faster than any other plant, LEGALISE CANNABIS NOW.

Hei, nooit Bru! Even scrubbing CO² from the atmosphere ek sê!
I must however admit that cannabis seems to have a noticeable effect on punctuation.

You cannot fix a dysfunctional society with a police force or more laws. And it is foolish to look in that direction for solutions.

Ultimately, the general behaviour of a society is a reflection of an inherent willingness to adopt and practice the values of that society.

Crime is rampant in black society BECAUSE blacks tolerates a value system that allows an undisciplined social behaviour. Want to have a baby while a teenager? Be an absent, abusive, drunken father? Bring up children that become out of control, and lie, and are disrespectful to their parents and teachers, and slip into criminal gangs?

No problem in black society! It is the norm, and the social results are everywhere (crime, education, unemployability).

Such an attitude is actively frowned on in white society.

Not a single non-white politician wants to step up to the plate and suggest essential cultural changes within black society to fix the dysfunctionality so obvious within black society.

It’s not about money. Or resources. It’s about the ATTITUDE.

The DA (Deurmekaar Alliance) is equally clueless. They are just seat-warmers in an equally dysfunctional parliament. The DA have no real plans of their own. Their “policies” manifest only to the extent that they can criticise the ANC. But ask Kohler Barnard to show the plan she has to fix the underlying social problems that are driving criminal behaviour, and you will be met with a blank stare and useless platitudes that have no underlying substance. The previous DA incumbent “shadow minister” literally ran away when I asked her.

Most MP’s (and yes, I am definitely including 90% of the DA also here!) are there first and foremost for the gravytrain pension benefits, not for making a real difference to this country.

I have long-since come to the conclusion that the SA Parliament and it’s occupants have just become a clot in South Africa’s arteries. Real change will now come from ACTIVELY bypassing this dysfunctional institution and calling its bluff on its puffed-up relevance to our future.

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