Finding the right balance: Immediate safety versus long-term social change

Louise Ehlers, Sean Tait
2016 South African Crime Quarterly  
South Africa has a reputation as one of the most violent societies in the world, despite the fact that overall levels of crime have consistently come down since 2001. In this and other developing countries, crime exacts a high cost in terms of health and security and has the potential to scupper the attempts of governments to fulfil their responsibilities in addressing poverty and inequality.This article argues that there is an urgent need to develop policies that balance the immediate need for
more » ... immediate need for safety and security with the long-term objective of achieving systemic social change. It describes an intervention undertaken by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa in collaboration with three provincial departments of Safety and Security that aims to explore ways in which a dual approach of keeping citizens safe in the context of current levels of crime, and simultaneously developing models for long term crime reduction, can be achieved.
doi:10.17159/2413-3108/2009/v0i27a937 fatcat:fbtjzxzocrhujbovfysv2tlq4y