Opinion

Focus on violent crime welcome but likely to lead to fiddling of figures

A single-minded focus on getting the numbers of certain crimes down obscures the truth and makes for ineffective policing solutions

30 June 2019 - 00:06 By DAVID BRUCE

In his state of the nation address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africans should "work together to ensure that violent crime is at least halved over the next decade".

There can't be many South Africans who don't support Ramaphosa in this aspiration. It is also a simple matter to point out the potential obstacles, from factors of an economic and social nature to the institutional and political, that may stand in the way of such a target being achieved...

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