CASH­ING IN ON CRIME FEARS

Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE - BY TANDISIZWE MAHLUTSHANA

IF YOU TYPE THE WORDS ‘SOUTH AFRICA’ INTO AN IN­TER­NET SEARCH EN­GINE, GRAB A NEWS­PA­PER AT

YOUR NEAR­EST NEWS­STAND, LIS­TEN TO A NEWS BUL­LETIN ON THE RA­DIO OR WATCH ONE ON TV, YOU ARE AL­MOST GUAR­AN­TEED TO FIND A NEWS STORY

RE­LAT­ING TO CRIME IN THE COUN­TRY.

IN HIS 2014 BUDGET SPEECH, THE MIN­IS­TER OF FI­NANCE, PRAVIN GORD­HAN, AN­NOUNCED THAT THE SA PO­LICE SER­VICE WOULD RE­CEIVE A 5% IN­CREASE

TO R78.1BN IN ITS BUDGET AL­LO­CA­TION TO CARRY OUT ITS PRO­GRAMMES FOR THE SAFETY AND

PRO­TEC­TION OF SA AND ITS CIT­I­ZENS. HOW­EVER, THE IN­ESCAPABLE RE­AL­ITY OF CRIME HAS DRIVEN MANY SOUTH AFRICANS TO IN­VEST A GREAT

DEAL IN THEIR OWN SAFETY, FROM HIGH ELEC­TRI­FIED FENCES TO HOME PEP­PER-SPRAY SYS­TEMS AND ARMED RE­SPONSE UNITS, TO NAME BUT

A FEW. AND LET’S NOT FOR­GET IN­SUR­ANCE!

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