Pis­to­rius, De­wani cases ‘shifted view of jus­tice’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NONI MOKATI

MUR­DER tri­als such as those of Os­car Pis­to­rius and Shrien De­wani prob­a­bly in­flu­enced the re­sults of a new vic­tims of crime sur­vey to be re­leased next month.

The sur­vey, com­piled by Sta­tis­tics South Africa, looks at how house­holds see the ju­di­cial sys­tem and feel about crime. It also spot­lights the pub­lic’s con­fi­dence in the po­lice.

A sim­i­lar sur­vey in 2013/14, the find­ings of which were re­leased in April, showed 75.1 per­cent of fam­i­lies who were sat­is­fied with the po­lice were sat­is­fied with the courts.

It also showed a small per­cent­age of house­holds who were sat­is­fied with the po­lice at­tended courts, while 87.9 per­cent did not feel the need to.

Sta­tis­tics SA said find­ings that im­plied con­fi­dence in the po­lice pre­dicted con­fi­dence in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

Speak­ing at the 6th an­nual In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies con­fer­ence in Sand­ton yes­ter­day, Joseph Lukhwareni, man­ager of crime and safety at Stats SA, said the Pis­to­rius and De­wani mur­der tri­als had cre­ated aware­ness of the ju­di­cial sys­tem.

“They have changed how the pub­lic views the courts.

“It could be for bet­ter or for worse. For in­stance, when it comes to the sen­tenc­ing of Pis­to­rius, some peo­ple may say the ju­di­ciary was at the top of its game, while some may not think so.

“We have been in­ter­ested in what peo­ple have had to say while col­lat­ing our data.

“Events are sea­sonal and there­fore noth­ing is the same. Peo­ple may find they are con­fi­dent in the po­lice now be­cause of how they have han­dled a cer­tain case.

“This won’t be the same at a later stage.”

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