No trust in police
The 2015/2016 Victims of Crime Survey released by Statistician-General Pali Lehohla on Tuesday paints a bleak picture of a demoralised nation that has lost all hope in the criminal justice system.
A survey on 30 000 households revealed that South Africans opted not to report certain crimes due to a lack of trust in police as they believe the officers will not take action.
This is truly disturbing as police officers are tasked with creating a safe and secure environment for everyone.
When taking their oath of office, these officers swear to render effective service of high quality, and to act impartially, honestly and transparently. But, most importantly, they undertake to work actively towards preventing any form of corruption and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Similarly, members of the National Prosecuting Authority who, upon taking their oath, swear to serve South Africans impartially and perform their duties in good faith without fear, favour or prejudice.
But according to the survey, South Africans have also lost hope in the courts due to leniency on criminals, cases that drag on forever, and corrupt officials.
This lack of trust in police was recently highlighted in Rosettenville where residents took matters into their hands, torching 16 houses they claim have been turned into drug dens and brothels. Residents further claimed that drug lords had police officers on their payroll, diminishing any hope of ridding their area of drugs and other crimes.
Justice and police ministries ought to act on these perceptions and do something that will instil confidence in those they serve.