Professor Rudolph Zinn, a professor in policing and forensic investigations at Unisa, said the continuous use of excessive violence in robberies was something that continued to leave many South African researchers baffled.
Zinn said while many prisoners he has interviewed had stated that they usually resorted to violence to force their victims to comply during robberies, the extreme torture and violence are cause for concern.
He also said alcohol and drugs could not be blamed as most prisoners had said that when they went to commit a crime, they preferred to be sober so that they didn’t do anything that might result in them leaving evidence behind.
“They say… that it is very important to do that in such a short period of time so as not to get caught. However, that still does not explain the type of violence accompanying this crime.” – IOL