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SA Crime Statistics Reveal Country in Crisis

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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.

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Sanwo-Olu Orders Full Reopening of Markets

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Governor of Lagos State Orders Full Reopening of All Markets

Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has ordered the full reopening of markets in the state after a report showed new cases of COVID-19 have subsided.

The governor ordered the full reopening of both the food markets and non-food markets across the metropolis.

Dr. Wale Ahmed, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He said the governor took the decision to further deepen trade and commerce and ease the hardship of recent happenings.

It should be recalled that the markets were shut due to the outbreak of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in March before they were partially reopened for activities in May.

The governor, however, urged all traders to observe all safety protocols in order to prevent a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in the state.

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Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks on Looted Palliatives, Explains Delay

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Looted Palliatives: Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks

Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has spoken on the recent actions of criminals and thugs who hijacked the #EndSARS protest and looted warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were kept for distributions.

The group refuted claims that the stolen items were hoarded for certain people instead of distribution to the vulnerable they were meant for. This is despite the fact that some of the palliatives were already rotten by the time criminals broke into the warehouses.

Some of the looters, who spoke with the press, said a sizeable number of the items were already rotten and destroyed by rodents, while one of the lawmakers tasked with distribution claimed he planned to distribute the items on his birthday. A statement that angered many Nigerians.

However, in a statement issued on behalf of the group by Osita Nwanisobi, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications, CBN, on Monday, CACOVID said due to the huge size of the items meant to be distributed, the complex process involved in manufacturing, packaging and the eventual distribution to 2 million most vulnerable families across the 774 local government in the country, the group agreed to conduct the supply in stages, especially given locked down imposed by the Federal Government during the period.

The statement reads, “Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) wish to call for calm, amidst the looting of COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution in various State Government warehouses across the country.

“The Coalition is deeply concerned by the recent events and is urging those involved in the wanton destruction of public and private property to immediately desist from these raids, in order to allow the States to proceed with a peaceful and fair distribution of these palliatives to the neediest and most vulnerable in our society.

“Over the past few months, the private sector, through CACOVID has been working with governors, the FCT Minister, and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to procure, deliver, and distribute these food relief items to almost 2 million most vulnerable families (over 10 million Nigerians) across the 774 local government areas of the country, as part of the private sector’s support towards the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The sheer scale of this nationwide food programme and the timing of the orders and deliveries, which coincided with the lockdowns and reduced movement across the country, compelled CACOVID to roll out distribution in a staggered manner.

“The very large size of the order and the production cycle required to meet the demand caused delays in delivering the food items to the states in an expeditious manner; hence, the resultant delay in delivery of the food palliatives by the state governors.”

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Makinde Directs Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest

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Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest, Says Governor Makinde

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has directed schools across the Ibadan metropolis to resume normal activities immediately after the #EndSARS protest.

Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the commissioner for education, Oyo State, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.

According to Olaleye, the directive was after a careful review of the situation in the Ibadan metropolis as promised by Governor Makinde in a state broadcast on October 20.

This was after the governor ordered the closure of all schools, private and public, in the Ibadan metropolis for three days and promised to review the situation on October 23.

Olaleye said the governor thanks the youths who have been cooperating with security operatives in the state to ensure peace and order.

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