Sunday, September 23, 2007

A ray of hope?

Breaking news says that a crime plan presented to President Mbeki has him excited.

A key recommendation in the report is that the police force needs to increase the number of detectives by 30 000. In a country with the most overloaded detectives in the world (most crime dockets do not get investigated due to the workload), this must make sense.

Our courts are partly overloaded due to poor detective work, but catching more crooks will mean more court work. Let's hope the plan addresses that too. Our hopelessly overloaded prisons need expanding too - not early release programmes.

But I'm excited at acknowledgment of the problem and President Mbeki's response. When he was told it could be costly, Mbeki reportedly said: "It is good, let us go and find the money."

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