Got this in an email and thought it interesting – any truth in it you think?
Crime definitely pays!
After I was a victim of crime in 2005, 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. Government?”
Answer: Crime generates millions and millions of Rand’s for the S.A. Government
Here are the facts:
Take just one million home owners in Gauteng (Johannesburg area) 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. Government!
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 direct result of crime. Who profited the most? The thief or the S.A. Government?
We must begin with a mechanism whereby the S.A. Government 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. Government has made out of estate duty from the murders of 1300 South African farmers?
The S.A. Government 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 Government and public aware of the Government’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 Government should pay for these expenses as well as family counselling for victims!
Come on South Africa, ask the right questions and demand the right answers!