Its a culture shock for many visitors to South Africa to see the high walls around many homes in our suburbs. Its to keep the criminals out, we say.
But its not making much of a difference, some experts have been saying, and our crime stats prove it: violent house robberies, where perpetrators threaten or use violence against their victims, have increased by 7.4% between 2013 and 2014.
Experts, like Professor Monique Marks, a researcher and head of the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology, say walls are actually making things worse. No one can see what is happening in your home so no one can help, she told the Daily News. They keep people from being each