The ‘shoot to kill’ approach: Inflammatory rhetoric no solution to crime

  • Prince Mashele Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: elections, South Africa, crime, criminal justice system,


As the countdown to the 2009 general election continues, the need to dig deeper for the real meanings of statements made by politicians on a range of issues affecting our nation is becoming increasingly urgent. But why bother about statements made in the often euphoric rhetoric of political campaigns? They are important because the utterances give us a preview of the thinking of those likely to become our president, ministers or local government leaders.

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