2016/2017 crime stats decrease by 1.8%, opposition blames poor management

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced a 1.8 % decrease in community-reported serious crimes, driven mainly by reductions in contact crimes.

Mbalula released the annual national crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday.

He has told MPs that the decrease 'is not worth celebrating just yet' and that the figures are still cause for concern.

Eyewitness News reporter Rahima Essop has more on the story.

Minister Fikile Mbalula told MPs today that he will not be doing a victory lap just yet because on a granular level the figures are worrying.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Individual categories such as murder and robbery with aggravated circumstances have over the past four financial years tended to reflect an upward trend and that has continued.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Essop says sexual offenses are down by 4.3%.

Rape in partciular is down by 4% however sexual assault is up by 0.9%.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

These cases are reported to police and over the years lobby groups have reminded us that when it comes to rape and sexual offences, many cases go unreported for reasons including a lack of confidence in the justice system....

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Mbalula has also emphasised the need for bolstering police presence.

Click on the link below to listen to the full details on the stats....

Executive Director of Corruption Watch, David Lewis says the statistics are 'terrible' and that the levels of crime cannot be resolved if there is no stability in leadership.

It is interesting to note that the budget of the police has increased by about 50% over the last five years and the performance of the police has decreased. It is not a question of a lack of resources, its a question of how those resources are deployed and that's a leadership issue.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....

The Democratic Alliance (DA) shares the same sentiments.

DA Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbele says the caliber of management in the police service should be prioritised.

A lot of the problems we see coming up when we do oversight visits at police stations are about the simple matters of not following processes....it really is a leadership quality issue obviously fueled a lot by cronyism and cadre deployment.

Zakhele Mbele, DA Shadow Minister of Police

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


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