The scope and sheer volume of crime in South Africa is now to the point whereby crime is not only a completely acceptable way of life, but at the same time, has transformed the manner in which South Africans behave and think.
In light of this, coupled with the current unrest, crime and the surging tensions amongst South Africans, the Newcastillian – Online News turned to the highly renowned private investigator, Mike Bolhuis.
As the sole proprietor of Specialised Security Services with four decades worth of experience within the security industry, Mike Bolhuis is an iconic person known for his no-nonsense approach to crime and addressing hard-hitting issues head-on.
Through his vast knowledge and experience, Mike shares valuable insight on the current situation in South Africa regarding the behaviour of people and crime.
He begins by saying, “I have come to the conclusion over the years, that people are prone to committing crime. In other words, it is like they literally seek out an opportunity or if there is an opportunity, they will commit crime because they can and can get away with it.”
Going on to emphasis, that it is an ugly attitude which he has noted of late. Additionally, he explains that those who fear crime being committed against them are withdrawing themselves from society or even leaving South Africa, barring they have the funds and the means to do so.
As one can imagine, this results in criminals or better yet, potential criminals feeling more empowered and daring, as the resistance to crime from South Africans, is fearful and lacking.
Furthermore, Bolhuis says he has also seen that those who have no option but have to stay, fall into the category of — if they can do something and get away with it, they will do so. Whether it may be in regards to tax evasion, not assisting other people, being involved with unscrupulous individuals, or simply just not standing together.
Looking at the lack of unity currently radiating throughout SA, Mike says, “It is the biggest problem in our country, people not standing together against crime.”
Highlighting that people’s attitudes have swung drastically, he admits he finds this concerning, especially as people should be searching for solutions.
Working on numerous projects, identifying crime in its various aspects, Bolhuis explains that one of the main criteria in crime prevention is working together and seeing crime as the common enemy.
He stresses this can be done by, “Looking past their differences, like their beliefs, their colour and political affiliations. That is the most difficult thing in South Africa.”
Bolhuis feels the situation in South Africa is dire, because of the attitudes, because of the emotions, because of the instability of the people. “But this has been caused over the years by the government. People can only take so much.”
Bolhuis says it is sad, especially as poverty and illiteracy are contributing factors, as they are two of the biggest physical challenges endured by people daily.
Facing hunger and uncertainty, with no support from government or higher-ups to look too, no protection from the police, in desperation, he emphasises the destitute will often turn to crime in order to feed themselves and family—rather than to let themselves starve.
Looking at crime and the desperation faced by people, Mike says, “The situation in our country is at such an intense level, because of the government’s neglect. The ANC has completely and totally abandoned its subjects, its people, the country in its totality and is only concerned about themselves and their partners in government, which is presently in my opinion run like a mafioso organisation. They only fend for themselves, look after itself, protect after itself. They all have files on each other and that is how they threaten, intimidate and keep everything under wraps and quiet, and nothing really does happen or change.”
Unless the government undergoes a drastic and complete change, matters will only make a turn of the worse.
Looking at the SAPS, Bolhuis explains the police do not protect and serve. “The police in itself are completely and totally unstable. It has no proper infrastructure, no specialists’ units or investigators and the real, real police have left.”
Additionally, he believes there are far too many officers who are underqualified and only report for duty—for the benefits, pay and pension. “It is like appointing a painter to paint your house, but he has never painted before.”
Furthermore, regarding the police, Bolhuis affirms corruption stands at 80% plus. However, he stresses that corruption does not only mean selling dockets. Rather, it means being in a position where you cannot do your job.
With the country facing a series of challenges, this seasoned investigated points out how there is a significant divide between colour. “Racism is exceptionally high in South Africa. It has not changed, and it is on both sides. Racism comes from whites towards blacks, and blacks towards whites.”
He adds that racism has escalated to such a level that it now can also be seen within the respective white and black groups of South Africans—seeing judgement even towards the same race.
Highlighting this issue, the splitting of the racial groups all stems from people focussing on their differences, rather than working together and contributing to the fight against the real enemy, crime, in order to make the country a better place for all.
Despite the challenges in regards to Crime in South Africa, Bolhuis and his team are dedicated to working towards creating a safer South Africa.
“We are reaching out; we have always been. We have been doing this for 40 years. We are specialist investigators in serious violent and serious economic crimes.”
He and his prized team work closely with the SAPS where possible and other organisations, looking at the common goal of eradicating crime.
Concluding, Mike advises people to reach out and establish close relationships with others, both neighbours and the man on the street. By forming bonds and reaching out to people, one can create a peaceful and safer South Africa.
“Crime is the number one enemy in South Africa, which breaks absolutely everything, including relationships. And including anything that pertains to our safety and security, peace and happiness and joy for ourselves and children. So, my advice would be, let’s stand together against crime, agree to disagree regarding all our differences, and get involved. It is no use you stand together and not get involved. You need to assist.”
The iconic Mike Bolhuis offers credible insight which is to be taken into consideration, especially as he is a man with both hands beating down the berserkers of South African crime, all for a better future for all.
Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer