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NCJ Number: 185870 Find in a Library
Title: Evil in Our Midst
Journal: Siyaya!  Issue:5  Dated:Winter 1999  Pages:62-64
Author(s): John Matshikiza
Editor(s): Janine Rauch
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 3
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: South Africa's political transformation from apartheid to democracy is discussed in the context of criminality and crime control.
Abstract: The author believes South Africans live in a society that continues to be divided in many respects yet appears to be united in a culture of lawlessness and criminality. There is a kind of "mob mentality" in the country that demonstrates the willingness of ordinary citizens to participate in crime and violence. In addition, some South Africans justify criminal activities in response to the AIDS epidemic. Possible historical roots of the crime problem in South Africa are briefly considered, as well as the role of police, corrections, and the criminal justice system in responding to and preventing crime. 1 photograph
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Attitudes toward AIDS; Crime control policies; Crime in foreign countries; Political influences; South Africa
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