Improve living conditions and crime will fall, says conflict specialist

The key to solving crime in the Western Cape lies with tackling poverty and improving living conditions for the poor.

That's according to policing and community conflict specialist Eldred de Klerk.

Do something about the material conditions of the lives of ordinary and poor people and you will start to solve the crime equation.

Eldred de Klerk, Senior policing and community conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis

De Klerk's been speaking ahead of Thursday's State of the Nation Address (Sona) during which many citizens, particularly those living in crime-ridden communities, are likely to be anxious to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa's plans are to tackle crime.

He says what's desperately needed in the Western Cape is a community safety plan.

We think this is about fighting crime, but it's actually about improving safety. Which means we have to improve public transport, remove gross inequalities, we need to improve housing stock...

Eldred de Klerk, Senior policing and community conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis

Read: Winde on a mission to slash Western Cape's 'mind-blowing' murder rate

And what's he predicting from the president in terms of plans to tackle crime when he addresses the nation on Thursday evening?

There's some pressure on the Presidency to reconsider, either strengthening the Hawks or bringing back the Scorpions.

Eldred de Klerk, Senior policing and community conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis

Listen to the full interview below:


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