Inequality Contributes to Crime: Maile

The country's large inequality gap is what contributes to criminality in townships, says 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.

According to the 2014 Oxfam report Even it Up, South Africa has the highest gini-coefficient in the world at 0.69. The gini-coefficient measures inequality where 1.00 signifies absolute inequality and 0.00 shows absolute equality – a state where most countries wish they were closest to.

To read the article titled, “Gauteng's townships need huge transformation,” click here.

Source: 
Mail and Guardian

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