After extensive research, a study has found a link between the violent nature of Crime in South Africa and our racist past.
A long-awaited report on the violent nature of crime in South Africa, released on Tuesday, found that the country’s history of colonisation and apartheid created a culture where people see resorting to force as normal.
The study was commissioned by the government in 2007 and conducted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). It lists poverty, a weak criminal justice system, the availability of firearms and poor socialisation of the youth as factors that sustain a culture of violence.
It states that 31% of murder suspects in cases where the crime was carried out with criminal intent were 19 years old or younger. In cases where arguments led to murder, 21% of suspects fell into this age group.
Briefing MPs on the report, the CSVR’s executive director Adele Kirsten, said South Africans could not ignore the way in which apartheid still influenced all aspects of life, long after the advent of democracy.
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