ANTI - CRIME CAMPAIGN INTRODUCTION The current rate of crime in our society has reached alarming proportions. ne senseless killings of innocent lives, the harassment of law abiding citizens, and loss of property is totally not accepted at all levels and walks of our society. The impact of reported and unreported incidents of crime continue to negate our newly found democracy with disastrous effects to our economy. Taking into account the nearly 2 million serious crimes reported last year including 18.938 murders and 66838 robberies. The high level of unemployment can no longer be associated or put as an excuse for high level of crime because of senseless killings which cannot be linked to poverty and wants. Armed robbery, rape, murder hijacking, theft and house breaking has dramatically increased since 1992, this has damaged the fabric of our society. The government [Police, defence force] has tried its level best to combat crime, individual citizens, sectors of the society business community, both electronic and print media has contributed enormously towards the solutions, however the criminals at this point in time think that they are a step ahead of all this efforts.
Investor confidence has reached low levels which adversely affects employment opportunities, inflation, money markets and economic growth which ultimately affects the whole populace and the image of this new democratic order. SANCO as a community mass based Organisation, has a responsibility and role to contribute to fight this epidemic. 1.1 SANCO Tle Organisation is a National unitary structure composed of 9 Provincial structures. Below the provinces the are regions, sub-regions, local branches and street communities. This structures exists and function in almost all the townships, inner cities and rural areas.
SANCO has more than 3000 launched local civics with millions of resident members. It is our honest vie in this matter that the Organisation with its structure, and formation is best located to successfully launch an anti-crime campaign which can make an impact in finding solutions against crime. In the black townships crime has been rampant and not properly checked and controlled, because of inadequate and inefficient methods applied, the socio- economic and political factors, the manner in which police are perceived taking into account their past activities and focus. This factors has resulted to criminals having a safe haven in townships. 2. ANTI CRIME CAMPAIGN In order to effectively have a successful campaign SANCO has identified the following points which are seen as departure points.
- Communities to proudly own and understand the campaign prior to its launch. [community driven]. - The negative consequences of crime must be highlighted which results to Unemployment, Poverty, loss of life, loss of property, harassment and unsafe environment. - To correct the wrong perceptions that all -price are involved in criminal activities. - 'Me responsibility of each individual citizen to be part of a solution against crime. 2.1. In order to maximise community participation and understanding the campaign itself, it is important to develop a very simple and easy to understand programme. It is a deeply entrenched custom with a very known history that an informer " imp impi"] is killed and not accepted within black communities.
In order to deal with wrong perceptions about police and the perception that crime is directed to whites is justifiable, this anti-crime campaign will be known as " OPERATION WE@VA " for a simple reason that [ Siyapimpa we "inform" for a good cause] Crime is against freedom, democracy and RDP. 2.2. OPERATION MPE%LPA The campaign is as follows (a) Every person who witness or have information about a crime committed / or to be committed... will phone the central toll free number report the crime, evidence or incident. List ant minimal reward have to be paid after an arrest isma de. 2.1. Every reported crime the caller will have to leave [ optional for rewards] his / her contact details. 2.3. If an arrest is made a minimal reward have to be paid as incentive to the individual concerned. 1.
A central data and reporting centre must be established. The centre must be independently operative and directly linked with the police station and intelligence unit to supply information. LAUNCH AND STRATEGY The campaign must be launched in starting with the most affected areas. The overall objective is to launch it as a National campaign. Before the launch, it must be accepted and understood by communities through a process of mass meetings, street committees, police forums, organised labour church formations, etc. - In order to focus our campaign the listing of types of crime to be prioritised e.g. murder, armed robbery, rape, hijacking etc.
2. An anti-crime summit must be organised to include all organs of civil society for adoption and to be preceded by a launch -fti a@rch or rally. Communities must be conscietised through popular education about the negative effects of crimes. 3. User friendly pamphlets and posters can be effective. The public must also be ensured about the confidentiality of reporting to the Data and Reporting Centre.
- Both print and electronic media must be utilized to publicise the campaign. Bill boards and wall mur rials must feature prominently for advertisement purposes. Schools and churches, stock-vols and sports events must be targeted to spread and sustain the programme. Consultation Process Tle programme must be adopted by the NEC. A meeting with the ministry of Safety and Security - Rewards and Data and reporting centre). Business community for funding especially NED COR.
CONCLUSLOA Our approach to the campaign is informed by Fundamental objective conditions that prevail throughout the country and perceptions emerging from various institutions and organisations on the subject of crime. The current wave of crime must be properly located within an informed political context. During the apartheid era the level of crime and instability was no different. The media focused its attention on political upheavals and created a wrong impression that crime was either non-existence or low.
The police force or some of its elements are not committed to eradicating crime. Community Policing Forums are marginalised and rendered ineffective deliberately. Some key players inthe private sector who are naturally unpatriotic especially to the present government a recalling for radical steps to end crime as a precondition to further investments. A call to the private sector never made end political repression and violence in some provinces during the apartheid era. Blacks are identified as major perpetrators of crime though narrow identification of certain incidence of crime which are conveniently ascribed to be committed by the black youth. 'Mis approach undermines white collar crime and those who supervise black youth to hijack cars, sell drugs.
A deliberate plan by the intelligence not to crack down on these syndicates in the same way as UDF activities and ANC cadres in exile were traced. Whilst we acknowledge that the current government prograninfe is inadequate including both the justice system and correctional services., We are convinced that all the contemporary critiques have a hidden agenda to render country unstable. 0 Based on these factors and many more we cannot support the re- introduction of the death penalty. The death penalty will not resolve crime. Perpetrators of crime are well organised and wealthy formations who will not be affected by the death penalty.
The majority of victims to the death penalty will be young black people who are pawns and a tip of an iceberg to the real cause crime. For these reasons our campaign as SANCO focuses on complimenting the initiatives of all those with genuine intentions in particular the government. We must all pull our efforts together with genuine objectives to reed this country of all facets of crime.