In response to the establishment and controversial actions of the organisation "People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD)", during 1996 and 1997 IDASA's 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.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
v1: Edited, anonymised data for public distribution
The survey collects background data on respondents, including age, gender, occupation, highest level of education, monthly household income, religion, and language. Public opinion data collected includes types of crime in the respondents' neighbourhoods, perceptions of crime and safety, experience of crime, and views on criminals, police, and courts.
The lowest level of geographic aggregation in the survey is suburb
All people 18 years and older living in households in selected suburbs in the "Cape Flats" area of Cape Town
Producers and sponsors
IDASA Public Opinion Service
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Data Collection Notes
Telephone interviews were used for data collection. Simple random sampling was used in this study. Based on the information provided by Telkom, the estimate of telephone ownership ranged from 67% to 93% of households in the designated areas and this was used for sampling purposes.
Institute for Democracy in South Africa. Crime and Community Action 1996-1997 [dataset].Version 1. Cape Town: IDASA Public Opinion Service [producer], 1997. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/1ak7-nj74