Crime And Punishment

 

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#SafeAndSound

POLICE AND CRIME

Living against a backdrop of crime is a daily reality for South Africans: violent crime, property crime, gender-based crime and all the many variances in between. According to the latest SAPS/Stats SA report overall crime rates had slightly dipped from March 2017 to April 2018, but the murder rate had increased significantly. 57 murders take place in South Africa every day, at an alarming rate of 35.7 out of every 100,000 people. Responding to these statistics, Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the country was becoming a “war zone”.

 

With concentrated poverty comes high rates of alcoholism, drug addiction and joblessness – which, in turn, contribute to climbing criminality. However, these factors alone cannot explain the situation in South Africa. Neighbouring countries exhibit greater poverty, for example, but they do not suffer with crime that is endemic.

 

LAND PARTY’s approach to policing crime will be different. We would like to see every citizen undergo 6 months of police training, to learn how to arrest, write a statement and combat crime without being employed as a permanent police officer. Every citizen must have the opportunity to be a police officer in their own right. This kind of policing model works in Switzerland.

 

  • We will support the police in the performance of their duties.

  • We will provide officers, community support officers and civilian staff with the equipment and people they need to provide effective policing services, including from the growing threat of cybercrime.

  • We will work with police to ensure that all communities are safer.

  • We will champion community policing policies and incentivise good policing practice.

  • We will work with Police and Crime Commissioners throughout the country on strategies to prevent crime.

  • We will devise programmes to eliminate institutional biases against specific communities.

  • We will insure that all police offers are well-trained, healthy and fit for the job.

  • We will ensure that every neighbourhood in the country has a high police presence.

  • We will ensure appropriate support is provided to victims of crime and introduce legislation for minimum standard entitlements to service criminal justice agencies.

  • We will emphasise the safety of women and girls and set new standards for tackling domestic and sexual violence.

  • We will establish a fund for women and children displaced by domestic violence.

  • We will ensure safety and financial stability for rape crisis centres.

  • We will make age-appropriate sex and relationship education a compulsory part of the educational curriculum so young people can learn about respectful relationships and conflict resolution.

  • We will ban the use of community resolutions as a response to domestic violence.

  • We will enforce effective measures to prevent all forms of abuse, including female genital mutilation.

  • We will make sure rape perpetrators will be sent to prison for life.

  • We will ensure that those who falsely accuse others of this heinous crime are equally punished and sentenced to life imprisonment.

BORDER SECURITY

Border security is vital in preventing crimes such as child abduction, smuggling of drugs, guns and stolen cars, terrorism, and modern day slavery. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is patrolling hundreds of kilometres of the country’s borders on a shoestring budget. Ill-equipped soldiers compromise the military’s ability to effectively control the country’s borders.

 

  • We will maintain the cross-border security co-operation agreements with our intelligence partners in the SADC and beyond.

  • We will ensure that border security have the resources and the powers they need to protect our country and keep us all safe.

  • We will also ensure that these powers do not infringe on our individual rights or civil liberties.

FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

The privatisation of fire and rescue services and the arrangements these businesses have with the EPWP has led to the severe exploitation of workers who literally put their lives on the line to save people and property.

 

Working on Fire (WOF) Fire fighters, for example, earn around R2000 per month and work 9 months on, 7 days a week, and 3 months off. They are not given adequate benefits (including medical aid), equipment, support or rest when fighting fires for extended periods of time. In the recent fires in the Overberg, fire fighters did not come down off the mountain for days on end and had no change of clothing or even underwear or socks.

 

  • We will absorb fire-fighters from EPWP to permanently work for government and ensure they receive benefits such as health, pension and training.

  • We will ensure that fire-fighters and rescue services workers have all the equipment and support they need on the ground whilst doing their jobs.

  • We will ensure that rescue services going into dangerous or crime-ridden areas are accompanied by adequate security.

JUSTICE

South Africa has an independent judiciary and a constitutional court to be proud of. It has, with some notable individual exceptions, avoided the descent into corruption and disintegration of state institutions that took place in the Zuma era. Our court system, however, is frustrating, slow and technologically backward and the cost of legal fees can be prohibitive and stop justice from being served.

 

  • We will hold public inquiries into historic injustices.

  • We will open inquiries into blacklisting.

  • We will release all papers relating to the death of the 34 Marikana mine workers.

  • We will immediately establish early child maintenance settlements in the Family Courts.

  • We will legislate to prohibit victims of domestic violence being cross-examined by their abuser in certain circumstances.

  • We will introduce a no-fault divorce procedure.

  • We will legislate that cases cannot be postponed except under exceptional circumstances.

  • We will invest in the resources necessary to ensure that all court documentation, including judgements, is available electronically.

  • We will consult on establishing an environmental tribunal with simplified procedures to hear challenges to unlawful government decisions, like those of building nuclear plants next to the sea, without engaging in public participation processes.

  • We will not prohibit the courts from raising monies to provide services, but we will introduce a ratio to establish the maximum difference between actual costs and charges levied.

PRISONS AND PROBATION SERVICE

Our prisons are overcrowded and offending rates are too high. Staffing levels are too low. The situation is dangerous and violence against prison officers is rising. Riots and disturbances in our prisons are increasing.

 

LAND PARTY is tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, but we won’t make the lives of workers in the criminal justice system tougher. Prison officers, probation officers and other workers need the resources to do their jobs safely, effectively and successfully.

 

LAND PARTY believes that prison should always be a last resort - the state’s most severe sanction for serious offences. Incarcerating more and more individuals and ignoring the evidence that prisons are all too often dumping grounds for people who need treatment more than they need punishment is adding to the problems plaguing our society.

 

  • We will publish annual reports on prisoner-staff ratios, with a view to maintaining safety and ending overcrowding.

  • We will review the training and professional development in place for correctional services staff.

  • We will insist on personal rehabilitation plans for all prisoners.

  • We will review the provision of mental health services in prisons.

  • We will embed restorative justice practices across all youth offending institutions.

  • We will devise innovative models of youth justice in order to successfully help young people turn their lives around and turn their back on crime towards more constructive ways of living.

  • We will not allow prison or juvenile correctional facilities to be an option when dealing with juveniles and youth. They must rather be placed in military schools.

  • We will incentivise local authorities, police forces and probation services to engage effectively with young people to curb them from drifting into anti-social or criminal behaviours.

#VOTELANDPARTY

 

Vision

The LAND PARTY shall:

 

Through pragmatic and progressive economic policy, individual freedom, and in harmony with nature, establish a prosperous society of people based on social justice and shared opportunities.

 

Freedom doesn’t equal immediate wealth, but we believe that it is better to live in an environment where you are provided with the freedom to create your own wealth, even though you might make some mistakes along the way.

 

The more rules and regulations you have, the less important it becomes for people to distinguish between what is right and wrong. We want to give people the opportunity to have that freedom, and to make mistakes and learn from them. We want to provide them the support, education and resources necessary to become wealthy through hard work and effective use of the opportunities that will be made available to them through a Land-led government. Our ultimate plan is to reform, open up and strengthen the economy by providing people with the individual freedom and opportunities to become prosperous and actively contributing members of society.

Values

The LAND PARTY subscribes to the following values in all its endeavours:

 

  1. Respect for the community of life

  2. Honesty

  3. Integrity

  4. Trust

  5. Consultation

  6. Solidarity

  7. Dignity

Mission

The LAND PARTY seeks to reorder the political and economic institutions and systems domestically and globally.

 

We have to deal with the damage from the years of government corruption we have had to endure. We will broadly seek to reform, open up and grow the economy, eradicate poverty, opportunities for all the people of South Africa to become wealthy and self-sustainable, skills development, gender equality, safety and research. It will establish programmes that will ensure that within the first 2 years of taking power that the following is achieved:

 

  1. Food security - encouraging modern, scientific agricultural practices, and providing the necessary support, technological resources, scientific research and education to encourage people to get involved in agriculture with the ultimate goal of strengthening the economy while eliminating food wastage and the discarding of surplus produce.

  2. Housing security - where private property rights are strengthened, allocation of state resources are dealt with strategically through referendum and homes are designed to people’s specifications.

  3. People development - Education that is ongoing, progressive and emphasizing the reconstruction and development of family and service to society. Creating and maintaining skills development for a move to modern technology and science.

  4. A modern, technologically savvy supportive state that responds to the people’s legitimate demand for prosperity and opportunity creation.

  5. Crime eradication and all forms of deviance through social interventions, corrective rehabilitation and victim oriented punishment.

  6. Economic prosperity through freedom of opportunity so that people become self-sustainable and wealthy, and through free trade agreements, and rapid industrialization. Allocation of state resources shall be utilized in a rational, consultative and inclusive manner with due regard to the dictates of justice and equal opportunity. It shall reconfigure the banking system to be more people-centred.

  7. Foreign policy that is people-centred, educative and principled.

  8. Environmental Justice – ensuring all programmes are in harmony with nature and conscious of the limited capacity of the planet to sustain us.

  9. Human Rights - Implementation of the remaining rights encapsulated in the current South African Bill of Rights and other universally respected HR documents which shall be prioritized by public participation. Apportion justice and material resources on an equitable and just basis.