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South African Journal of Education

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Crime in South African education as reflected in the printed media

Corene De Wet

Abstract


The printed media have taken upon themselves the role of watchdogs and guardians. Consequently they report on events that in their opinion either threaten the general welfare of the public at large or are of importance to the community. The public\'s interest in crime has resulted in the media reporting extensively on crime. The purpose of this article is to look at conventional crime in South African education through the eyes of the media. From the study it appeared that learners and educators are / were not only the victims, but also the perpetrators of violent crime such as murder, kidnapping, rape and assault. Learners and educators are often guilty of, but also exposed to, property crimes such as burglary and theft. In addition school property is often the target of arsonists and vandals. On the basis of media reports, the conclusion is reached that a culture of crime and violence prevails in South African education.


(South African Journal of Education: 2003 23 (2): 113-121)



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