Judgement

32% of South African adults believe the statement ‘it is foreigners who are mainly responsible for the high level of crime in South Africa’ is very true and a further 28% believe it is true. According to a report on the state of South Africa’s prisons, foreigners make up just 4% of the sentenced prisoner population. (AMPS2014, http://bit.ly/1bCkMQ4)

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3 responses to “Judgement

  1. Mike

    6 years Ago

    Interesting, but this only presents one side of the coin. it does not reflect the number of ‘foreigners’ who were deported after being caught and/or convicted of crime.

    If you can elicit that level of detail, then we can see a clearer picture.

    In addition, knowing the exact number of foreigners in South Africa (almost impossible), and calculating that as a % of total population, gives a good reference to compare against % of SA prisoners (including numbers that were deported)

  2. Lesego

    6 years Ago

    Agree Mike

    We know how low our conviction rates are in this country, and that there is quite a number (unmeasured unfortunately) of crimes that go unreported…

    More detail needs to be provided.

    As for the South Africans who took part in this poll; more detail on their demographics would also help.

  3. Richard

    6 years Ago

    As you can see in the article – the 4% compares to 3.1% of the population -which would make foreigners 30% more likely to be incarcerated than non-foreigners it also ignores all of those deported after conviction. This is not a good story to tell.

    I’m sorry to say but these stats are being used for a narrative of “foreigners aren’t that bad” but actually the stats your showing add ammo to the counter argument. That’s not a good idea?!

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