IDASA Crime and Community Action Survey 1996-1997

  • Robert Mattes (Creator)
  • Cherrel Africa (Contributor)
  • Helen MacDonald (Contributor)
  • Jennifer Christie (Contributor)



In response to the establishment and controversial actions of the organisation "People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD)", during 1996 and 1997 the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) Public Opinion Service undertook a two- year study of citizen action against crime on the Cape flats. The study focuses principally on the dynamics which led to the rise of PAGAD in the Western Cape. It examines people’s perceptions of crime, their evaluations of the police and courts and their willingness to co-operate with these institutions. It also examined the attitudes of people to the law and to PAGAD, as well as their willingness to take various forms of legal and illegal collective action to combat crime.

External data deposit with DataFirst, University of Cape Town.
Date made available24 Nov 2021
Temporal coverage1996 - 1997
Geographical coverageCape Town

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