Crime definitely pays!
After I was a victim of crime in 2000, I attended many crime discussions,
brain storming and therapy sessions. At each of these discussions the
question came up on how to tackle the symptoms of crime.
The only question never raised was:
Question: "What is the influence of crime on the S.A. Govt?"
Answer: Crime generates millions and millions of Rand's for the S.A. Govt
Here are the facts:
Take just one million home owners in Gauteng who pay for "armed crime
reaction" (not crime prevention) where private security companies react
AFTER the crime has taken place - no wonder they never make any arrests!
This service costs on average R250 p.m. Therefore 1 000,000 x R240.00 X 12
months x 14% VAT, generates R403 million in tax revenue for the S.A. Govt!
A car thief steals a R500, 000 car and receives between R10, 000 and
R30, 000 for his deed.
The car owner is paid out by insurance and then purchases another similar
vehicle, on which he pays 14% VAT of approx R70, 000 as a directresult of
crime. Who profited the most? The thief or the S.A.Govt?
We must begin with a mechanism whereby the S.A. Govt is forced to reconsider
this unconstitutional and immoral practice of profiting from crime!
All South Africans should demand that all payments related to protection of
life and property should be VAT free and Tax deductible!
This principle should also apply to replacement of stolen property as well
as estate duty. If a person dies as a result of crime we should also demand
that estate duty not be paid. How much do you think the S.A. Govt has made
out of estate duty just from the murders of 1300 South African farmers?
The S.A. Govt likes to compare us to overseas. Well overseas your safety and
security is covered by your income tax and is tax deductible!
It is time that South Africans stood together and made the Govt and public
aware of the Govt's "income" from crime. In the meantime crime is the
goose that lays the golden egg
Is it also not unreasonable to expect victims of violence and hijackings to
pay their own medical costs? The Govt should pay for these expenses as well
as family counseling for victims! (After all, they pay the perpetrators'
Come on South Africa, ask the right questions and demand the right answers!