Crime In South Africa Essay
The above statistics are alarming given the focus of resources to these stations. It seems, from the face of it, that the implementation of Presidential Stations is not working even though these stations were prioritised over others. The former MEC for Safety and Security from Limpopo also realised the failure in 2000 and was quoted saying that
In our assessment for the past six months, we have found that the Thohoyandou police station failed to improve in terms of combating crime, instead it is getting worse. At the end, it became the worst in the Vhembe District. They have everything, but they still fail us. If you talk about any type of crime, you get it most in Thohoyandou. We talk about economic crime like burglary, rape, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and other crimes; you find them at worst in Thohoyandou.
The MEC was angry with the crime situation in the Presidential station which had all the resources (cars, personnel, and computers) it needed to fight crime and was given preference to others stations. She further noted that other police stations in the area with little resources did better than the Presidential Station (Musetha: 2002). In his budget speech for his department, the MEC for Safety and Security in Mpumalanga conceded that though there were “multi-agency mechanisms structures that were established in the Presidential priority police station of KaNyamazana and the Provincial priority police stations of Vosman and Embalenhle, these structures have not born any fruit” (Pule: 2006).
Crime in South Africa possibly requires a combination both the long term social crime prevention and an effective tough short term law enforcement strategies as was an indication in the NCPS. The only way, however, we can know what actually works, is when there is an implementation tool that works and takes into account the external and internal environments in which these stations operate. These stations seem to have been set up to fail without too to function.
Competing strategies, non-collaboration, unaligned resources, management and the failure to have an implementation framework are all but few variables contributing to crime in the country. It has been argued by Dixon (2000) that a number of models are known but “very little is known about the kind of programmes that work under local conditions” (Dixon: 92). What Dixon is raising is also that strategies should be informed what is happening on the local level, conditions which are determined by how people live and function within those localities. While there is a continuation of scholarly disagreements crime and failing efforts to fight it is a reality. The late Minister Steve Tshwete in 2000 was very optimistic about the government’s strategies to fight crime given that there was a NCPS and Presidential Stations had just been created. In his budget speech to Parliament, he said “the year 2000 will see South Africa's own renaissance in our fight against crime,...