Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Violent Crime & Poverty Are "Not Correlated"

There are no surprises here, except the report ignores the obvious, that the correlation between race and violent crime, is probably the strongest, if you use global data. This is probably followed by IQ and violent crime; and lastly poverty and violent crime.

VIOLENT crime is not necessarily linked to high poverty rates, according to a new report from the South African Institute of Race Relations.

SA has one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime and the issue is regularly seen as one of the most pressing for the government.

The report, published in Fast Facts, the institute’s newsletter, surveyed 80 indicators for municipalities across the country. Eastern Cape municipalities — with a poverty rate of 62% — had the highest murder rate, at 54 murders per 100000 people. But Limpopo municipalities, which also recorded a poverty rate of 62%, had the lowest murder rate, at 13,7 per 100000 residents.

Western Cape municipalities also had a high murder rate, at 51 per 100000 people, but a low poverty rate, at 26,5%.

Lisa Vetten, senior researcher and policy analyst for the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, said it was too simplistic to blame poverty for high rates of violent crime. Research from Brazil showed that it was not necessarily the poorest who committed crime. “Rather, it’s those with just enough education and just enough money to have aspirations and to have their aspirations thwarted,” she said.

Vetten said violence was primarily a young male phenomenon, while the poorest members of society were the elderly, children, and women. “All forms of violence are not the same, and do not have the same causes and the same forms.” Different degrees of social cohesion and techniques of conflict resolution in communities could also explain differing degrees of violence.

Read the remainder of the report here

Source: Business Day

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it is the percentage "satan" in the "kinders" that determines the extend of evil in the "satanskinders"