VIOLENT CRIME IS UP 50% IN SOUTH AFRICA

YET GOVERNMENT IS CRIMINALISING LAW ABIDING CITIZENS

VIOLENT CRIME IS UP 50% IN SOUTH AFRICA

YET GOVERNMENT IS CRIMINALISING LAW ABIDING CITIZENS

The Free Market Foundation Rule of Law Project presents the

Section 12 Initiative

for a #SaferSouthAfrica

Violent crime has been out of control in South Africa for decades. With 86 murders per day and 5 rapes per hour, it is time to put the combating of violence back on the agenda. The state’s preoccupation with peaceful individuals engaged in voluntary conduct must end, as must the overcriminalisation of our society.

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Murders per day
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Children murdered per day
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Reported rape cases per day
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Conviction rate for murder

Q3 2023/24 (October – December 2023) crime statistics released by SAPS on 16 February 2024

The combating of violence must be put on the 2024 election agenda!

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In a society with rates of violence like that of South Africa, one would expect the dozens of political parties contesting the 2024 general elections to offer substantive criminal justice reforms to quickly and decisively deal with the issue.

This is not the case.

Through its Section 12 Initiative, the Free Market Foundation and its Rule of Law Project seek to generate public pressure on the central and provincial governments elected in 2024 to take a new, fresh look at combating violence.

The only way to give violence the attention it deserves, is to accurately define the scope and content of criminal law in South Africa, adequately develop police, prosecutorial, and prison capacity, substantially decentralise all facets of criminal justice by empowering provinces, municipalities, communities, and enterprises, and, above all, decriminalise that conduct and those activities that peaceful individuals and enterprises engage in voluntarily.

Section 12 of the Constitution

Freedom and Security of the Person

12. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the
right—

(a) not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause;
(b) not to be detained without trial;
(c) to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources;
(d) not to be tortured in any way; and
(e) not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.

(2) Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the
right—

(a) to make decisions concerning reproduction;
(b) to security in and control over their body; and
(c) not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.

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The deep and widespread criminal justice reform necessary to bring South Africa out of the violent crime crisis most have already become desensitised to is impossible without your voice.

Help the Section 12 Initiative place the crisis of violence at the very centre of the 2024 election season by filling in this form:

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