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Crime isn’t a big problem

Posted by rob May 20, 2010, under South Africa | No Comments

 

In what is sure to be the latest quote that irritates people, Brigadier Chipu has said that crime is "not as big a problem as people thought". I'm always a little leery of taking quotes directly from media about things like this but I don't see how else you could interpret "It is safe, crime is everywhere in the world. It's no worse in South Africa."

The relevant bit of article for your perusal:

 

 

Pretoria - After accepting a memorandum voicing the country's anger about the crime situation in Pretoria on Wednesday, police Brigadier Phuntsi Chipu said that crime was not as big a problem as people thought.

Chipu said the police welcomed the initiative and that "every step with the community to fight crime is one in a positive direction".

However, he said South Africa was a safe country and that crime was not as big a problem as people thought.

"It is safe, crime is everywhere in the world. It's no worse in South Africa," Chipu said.

 
Now, I live in a small Eastern Cape city. Crime has never really been a problem for me one way or the other and I doubt it will be anytime soon. But I hear people complaining constantly about the horrendous crime rates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and to a lesser extent, Port Elizabeth. Is all of that just talking?
 
It seems impossible for anyone to take a stance that incorporates both the rose-tinted "Unicorns farting rainbows" outlook and the ultra "OMG Zim 2.0!" to form a nice, truthful middle ground.
 
I'm inclined to say that we do have a problem with crime buuut that it's probably not as bad as some people would like to make out. 
I'm really not sure whether there's something drastically wrong with the way the Brigadier is thinking or if public perception has been skewed to such a point that we no longer know what's going on. 
 
I suppose it would help if we had a real time system which showed crime stats per area.
 
What I DO know is that relegating South Africa to a lost cause is something that will never help our crime rate. Just as much as denying the problem doesn't help, 
 
 

 

 

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