In response to the establishment and controversial actions of the organisation People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD), IDASA's Public Opinion Service undertook a two- year study of citizen action against crime on the Cape flats. The study focused principally on the dynamics which led to the rise of Pagad in the Western Cape. It examined people’s perceptions of crime, their evaluations of the police and courts, and their willingness to co-operate with such 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 against crime.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey were individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for research data centre use
The survey collected backgroun data on respondents, including age, occupation, highest level of education, monthly household income, religion, language and gender. Public opinion data collected included types of crime in the respondents' neighbourhoods, perceptions of crime and safety, experience of crime, and views on police, courts and criminals.
The survey had covered selected suburbs in Cape Town
The lowest level of geographic aggregation in the survey is suburb
All people 18 years and older living in household in the selected Cape Flats suburbs
Producers and sponsors
IDASA Public Opinion Service
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
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.
South African Data Archive (SADA)
National Research Foundation
University of Cape Town
Licensed datasets, accessible under conditions
At least one copy of any published work or report based in whole or part on tha dataset will be deposited with the South African Data Archive. Please indicate the title and number of the study utilized
Public Opinion Service (IDASA). Crime and community action: Pagad and the Cape Flats, 1996-1997. Version 1. Cape Town: Public Opinion Service [producer], 1997. Pretoria: South African Data Archive [distributor], 2000.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
Copyright, IDASA Public Opinion Service
DDI Document ID
University of Cape Town
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01: Adopted from "ddi-zaf-datafirst-cca-1996-1997-v1" DDI that was done by metadata producer mentioned in "Metadata Production" section.