Public enemy number one: crime and policing in Soweto in the 1960s
University of the Witwatersrand. History Workshop.
Crime has been a major grievance of township residents, since the 1940s. In the late 1950s to the 1970s local representative Black Bodies such as the Advisory Boards calls for better urban social conditions were ignored in favour of influx control (pass law enforcement) and police raids. Law abiding citizens were caught up in these and treated like criminals. Had it pursued an anti-crime policy, giving decent housing and services the Government might have achieved some legitimacy among older and more conservative township residents.
Paper presented at the Wits History Workshop: Forging the links between historical research and the policy process, 18-19 September 1999.
Crime. Soweto, Crime Politics South Africa