Opinion-editorials

Op-ed: Inadequate and violent policing in KwaZulu-Natal: What's behind it?
Author: Crystal
Published: Jul 26, 2021

KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. Recent events have simply made it more obvious. The problem of policing in the province dates from before the transition to democracy. Policing is a national function - in South Africa is in crisis and in KwaZulu-Natal the crisis is magnified, writes Jean Redpath.

Op-ed: Law enforcement and DUI — how to curb South Africa’s road crash epidemic
Author: Crystal
Published: Jul 07, 2021

The severity of the punishment, if caught, is not a deterrent to committing crime. If consumers of alcohol can be fairly certain that if they get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that they will be stopped and tested, they will be less likely to do so and make alternative arrangements or postpone their travel.

Op-ed: When the rich buy indemnity, justice is denied
Author: Crystal
Published: Jul 07, 2021

How much discretion does a prosecutor have to decline to prosecute? Is mediation always a good thing? Is there sometimes an obligation to prosecute? Does compensation for the victim trump societal criminal justice interests? These are vexing questions, especially when attempting to answer them in the abstract. A recent case may help in crystallising some thoughts.

Op-ed: Number of awaiting-trial prisoners increases under lockdown
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 27, 2020

At the start of SA’s lockdown, prisoners were released in a bid to reduce transmission of Covid-19 in prisons. The emphasis was on sentenced persons via special parole. Yet our most crowded facilities are remand centres, holding those awaiting trial. In the Western Cape, since April, there has been a worrying increase in remand imprisonment. What is causing this rise?

Op-Ed: Ngcobo is but one example of policing gone wrong
Author: Jean
Published: Mar 01, 2018

The events of Ngcobo are portrayed as unusual, maybe because few realise that rural former Transkei has a very high murder rate. Yet the South African Police Service allocates relatively few police officials to such areas. Now that SAPS members are among the dead, perhaps SAPS will reconsider.

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