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Shooting in Pretoria

Police have launched a manhunt after a 27-year-old man was killed and a six-year-old girl wounded in a shooting in Olievenhoutbosch, west of Tshwane, on Tuesday evening.

Police said they were investigating a case of murder and attempted murder after they were alerted to a shooting on the corner of Kiaat and Wild Peach streets in Olievenhoutbosch Ext 21.

Why Societies Must Protect Children If They Want Fewer Criminals

What drives and sustains high levels of violence in a society?
 
This question has preoccupied researchers and policymakers for decades. A common thread in a great deal of the research is that early childhood experiences play a vital role. Violent beginnings of a child’s life very often lead to violent behaviour in later life.
 
The question is particularly acute in countries with exceptionally high levels of violence

ISS Calls for Regular Crime Statistics

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says having regular crime stats will help develop more crime reduction strategies.

ISS Researcher, Johan Burger, says releasing crime statistics more regularly with have an impact on crime trends.

Burger is of the view that the benefit of having more regular stats release is that it tells you on a regular basis what the situation is, whether your crime is going up or coming down.

Allocation of Police Human Resources Challenged

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is challenging the allocation of police human resources in the Western Cape and nationally,
saying there is not an equitable distribution in terms of black and poor neighbourhoods.

In a press statement, the LRC says it has filed an application in the Equality Court against the minister of police, national police commissioner, Western Cape provincial commissioner and the minister for community safety in the Western Cape.

Court Dismisses FUL Application

The Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria has ruled that an application by Freedom Under Law (FUL) to stop two top National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials from working is not urgent.

FUL has argued that the ‘train wreck’ in the NPA and President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to do anything about it has resulted in a constitutional crisis which urgently needed intervention by the court.

FUL’s Bid to Put Brakes on NPA

Freedom Under Law (FUL) has argued that the ‘train wreck’ in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to do anything about it has resulted in a constitutional crisis that urgently needs the court’s intervention.

FUL has asked the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for an urgent interim interdict to stop Nomgcobo Jiba, the deputy national public prosecutions director, and Lawrence Mrwebi, head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, from working.

Crime Statistics 2014-2015

On 29 September 2015, Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, released the crime statistics covering the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. An estimated 1.8 million crimes were reported in that period; police operations detected 356 919 crimes, of which 266 902 were drug-related; and 1.7 million people were arrested. 

Malawi May Repatriate Citizens from SA

The Malawian government states that it would help repatriate its citizens from South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Durban that has left four people dead.
 
Malawi’s information Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, warns that, "The situation is really tense as about 360 Malawians are stranded in South Africa following xenophobic attacks there."
 
He further adds that the Malawians targeted have "lost everything", including their passports.
 

Inequality Contributes to Crime: Maile

Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Lebogang Maile, says the country's large inequality gap is what contributes to criminality in townships.

In an interview with the Mail & Guardian, Maile, said inequality reflected more than just unemployment and the wealth gap but led to deep social issues such as drug use, alcoholism, teen pregnancy and criminality.

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