A Country at War with Itself: South Africa's Crisis of Crime

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Jonathan Ball, 2007 - Political Science - 189 pages
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Whether it is hijacking or rape, a home robbery or a husband’s explosion of rage, violence is so common that few lives have been left untouched by it. The result is a society deformed by its fears. Closeted behind locked doors and high walls, panic buttons at the ready, members of the middle classes live lives haunted by fear. The poor, who are both more likely to be victimized and less able to secure themselves, are just as traumatized.

A Country at War with Itself is a penetrating exploration of South Africa’s crime problem. Getting behind the statistics to offer a sober and sobering account of the scale of the problem and its evolution, it describes how government has sometimes sought to deal with the crisis and sometimes sought to deny its existence. The book ends with some suggestions of what needs to be done to deal with this scourge.

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What an eyeopener. So much better to understand the source of the crime problems and their perpetuation than constant hand-wringing and whining about it. But it is clear there are no easy solutions to SA's crime crisis Read full review

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Antony Altbeker has spent 13 years working in and around the criminal justice system. He is the author of The Dirty Work of Democracy: A year on the streets with the SAPS, and spent four years working for the Minister of Safety and Security in the 1990s. He has also worked at the National Treasury, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Security Studies. The book draws on this experience to offer an accessible analysis of what's gone wrong and what needs to be done

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