On 20th September, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa released the crime statistics for the period 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012. Despite a certain cynicism about their value (and the often-quoted quip of British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, popularised by Mark Twain, about ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’), statistics do provide an opportunity to discern trends and offer strategies for ways forward, especially with regard to pressing social pathologies such as crime. The extent of the pathology is summed up in the chilling fact that two children are murdered in South Africa every day, while a further two are victims of attempted murder.
Written by Peter-John Pearson
Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office