I can’t agree or disagree with this opinion piece by Richard Young without more information but i’m sure that the recession and inefficient policing has given crime a helping hand too. Prisoners are often unfairly locked up but it would be honourable of the Knysna SAPS to share prisoner release info with the public.
In towns like Knysna and George, which have always been known as relatively safe havens from crime, the number of serious crimes has suddenly escalated and the police have their hands full trying to combat this wave of crime. All of a sudden, reports of burglaries, robberies, thefts and violence are a lot more common than they were a year ago.
What has changed?
On Freedom Day, President Zuma announced an amnesty for thousands of prisoners. In George alone, 293 prisoners have recently been released.
Almost immediately, the crime wave started. There is no doubt that many of these released prisoners have turned to crime again and are responsible for this sudden increase in crime.
I will not be surprised if this has happened in other areas too. I expect that we will see a countrywide spike in crime stats during this time, thanks to this ill-considered amnesty.
This is a terrible injustice and it must be very discouraging for the police and justice department who have worked so hard to get these criminals behind bars.
Now they are back on the streets and robbing the public of their freedom and security. In fact, in extending freedom to un-rehabilitated convicted prisoners, the president has sacrificed the freedom and safety of everyone else – the public whom he is meant to serve.
Read the rest of Richard Young’s Zuma’s Freedom Day Prisoner Release Was Ill-Conceived at TimesLive.co.za.