- SA Crime Statistics Reveal Country in Crisis
South Africa’s just released crime statistics are alarming, and reveal a country in deep crisis that needs an urgent, sustained and holistic intervention framework that integrates psychological and socio-economic issues. The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) said the country needed a nuanced understanding of what is driving the psychological, socio-economic crisis and toxic masculinity that has left a deeply wounded and broken society.
The increase in contact crimes allude to problems in interpersonal relationships with many of the crimes occurring within home settings, and mostly on weekends. CSVR believes that the violence that occurs in the family setting is perpetuated even outside homes. Distressing statistics showing that there were 736 murders committed by children and that children constitute 46.5% of all reported sexual assault cases in the country, are testimony of violence in the community mirroring what is happening in homes.
CSVR cautioned that the continued socio-economic exclusion of Africans was one of the drivers of violence and had elicited an intense reaction in black South Africans, and for some, is also a reminder of the country’s apartheid past. During apartheid, structural and psychological violence were institutionalised. After the fall of apartheid, little was done to heal the country and as a result, issues of transgenerational trauma persist and have been transferred to new generations.
Sadly, South Africa seems to be failing to deal decisively with crime. The police alone cannot deal with violent crime, and a more holistic approach is needed to combat crime. The family crisis in South Africa is in part also responsible for the crises the country faces.
“Patriarchy and toxic masculinity that encourage harmful attitudes and behaviors have also contributed to the alarming sexual violence figures that have gone up 4.6 percent. These figures do not necessarily present the full picture of the extent of GBV in the country as many cases go unreported. So the reality is that the country has far higher statistics on rape and other sexual offences,” said Nonhlanhla Sibanda Moyo, CSVR Gender Specialist.
CSVR noted that of the reported murders per day, most were likely to be young black men dying at the hands of other men, further raising worrying questions about the nature of South African society.
CSVR also noted the increase in the murder rates by 3.4%, to nearly 58 murders per day, but was concerned that figures were not adequately gender disaggregated and left many questions unanswered. There was need to consider more comprehensive reporting mechanisms that gave gender and age disaggregated data so that there was better understanding of the extend and the nature of the offences. For instance, there were other sexual offenses such as date rape and marital rape.
With regards to murder statistics, three police stations in the Western Cape topped the reported murders table. This brought into question the effectiveness of the deployment of the army to gang riddled areas in the Western Cape. Murder statistics remained high with the army deployment likely to aggravate, rather than improve the situation of crime.
Mismanagement of Public Funds and Resources Will Destroy Nigeria, Says Stakeholders
Some concerned stakeholders have said the broad-based financial misappropriation, abuse of public office by Public Officeholders and unchecked borrowing will destroy the nation’s present and future if not checked.
According to Auwal Musa, the Executive Director, CISLAC, who spoke at a stakeholders’ dialogue on ‘Policies, Gaps and Alternatives in Fiscal Transparency in Private Sector Governance,’ organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), and Transparency International (TI), with support from OXFAM’s country office in Nigeria, abuse of power and financial recklessness as been going on for far too long.
Musa said, “This has been going on for too long, and every singular effort from the citizens is termed as hate or unpatriotic. Meanwhile, the consequences of this anomaly are staring us in the face on a daily basis and are on the increase. Increased poverty; banditry allegedly occasioned by rising unemployment; and unpatriotic citizens trooping into leadership positions to perpetuate the looting and misappropriation due to no oversight and punitive sanctions, not to mention health, infrastructure and societal decay. The list is inexhaustible.”
He also implored the Government that in order to reduce the excessive misuse of public resources, mismanagement of finances and strengthen the financial management system, the holes that encourage people to evade and undermine the collection of taxes must be bridged and in-depth economic improvement devised to close policy gaps.
“There are many areas in which the government can increase its revenue drive. For instance, in the Oil and Gas sector, there are a lot of gaps as a result of lack of a clear legal framework through the PIB, which will enable the sector to be more efficient, transparent and competitive. Again, the oil theft needs to be blocked; other areas like maritime revenue can be harnessed in these sectors.
“Also, the government should block the areas where revenues are supposed to be collected and are not collected. For instance, the audit report clearly shows how the government is losing revenue.” he said.
The stakeholders urge policymakers to look for other sources of revenue that can guarantee development in Nigeria.
Also, speaking at the event was the Programme Manager, Tax, Justice, Environment and Conservation of Nature, CISLAC, Chinedu Bassey, who said one of the reasons to strengthen the Nigerian financial management system is to stop people from stealing and mismanaging resources meant for development.
Iheme Madukairo, the Manager, Large Tax Audit, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), advised Nigerians who evade taxes to stop such act that the law will take its course.
He said “Enforcement is out there, sleeves are rolled up to do the job that we are mandated to do by the act and sooner or later, we will catch up with them. The sanctions have also increased by virtue of the finance act. The penalty has been increased, once it is found out that it is a deliberate act to breach the law, the law will take its course.”
Lai Mohammed Says Buhari Has Recovered Over N800bn in Looted Funds
Buhari Has Recovered Over N800bn in Looted Funds
President Muhammadu Buhari government has recovered over N800 billion looted by corrupt Nigerians since the beginning of this administration in 2015.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press conference held in Abuja.
He said, “This administration’s fight against corruption is as strong as ever, and we have the records to back up this claim.
“This administration has recorded over 1,400 convictions, including high profile ones, and recovered funds in excess of N800bn, not to talk of forfeiture of ill-gotten properties.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has made recovery of Nigeria’s stolen assets one of his priorities since he became president in 2015.
Several of Nigeria’s untouchables have been convicted despite political experts and social commentators saying the war against corruption should not be only against opposition but also against those in the ruling party that seems to have been overlooked.
Still, the ruling party has insisted that members of the party have been convicted and one of such is Kalu.
President Buhari Names Railway Stations After Tinubu, Jonathan, Fashola, Others
Buhari Names Railway Stations After Prominent Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday named railway stations after Tinubu, Jonathan and other prominent Nigerians.
In a statement released through the Ministry of Transportation and signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed that the deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.
According to the statement, for the Lagos-Ibadan with extension to the Lagos Port Complex at Apapa railway station, the beneficiaries are:
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Apapa station)
Mobolaji Johnson (Ebute Metta Station)
Babatunde Raji Fashola (Agege station),
Lateef Jakande (Agbado station) and
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station).
Others are Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Papalanto station)
Prof. Wole Soyinka (Abeokuta station),
Aremo Segun Osoba(Olodo station)
Chief Ladoka Akintola (Omio-Adio station)
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Ibadan station)
and Chief Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre)
For the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri Railway, the names are:
Alhaji Adamu Attah (Itakpe station)
Dr. Olushola Saraki (Ajaokuta station)
Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (Itogbo station)
Brigadier General George Innih (Agenebode station)
Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (Uromi station)
Chief Tom Ikimi (Ekehen station) and
Brig. Gen. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (rtd) (Igbanke station)
Others according to the statement include:
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (Agbor Station Complex)
Brigadier General David Ejoor (Abraka station)
Micheal Ibru (Opara station)
Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station) and
Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (Railway Village, Agbor).
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