Political interference impacting negatively on crime fighting - ISS

Violent crime remains a major problem in the country.

Although there has been an overall 1.8% decrease in crime over the past year, police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he does not feel the decrease and neither do the people.

Mbalula released the crime statistics for 2016/2017 in Parliament on Tuesday.

According to these statistics, there was a decrease in contact crimes and sexual offences in the past year.

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

Stephen Grootes spoke to Dr Johan Burger senior researcher, Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.

Burger says the increase in aggregated robbery over the past five years has contributed to the increased murder rate.

You can't just look at the changes in the last two years, you have to look at it over a period. About 20 to 25% of our murders directly result from aggravated robbery attacks.

Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher, Crime and Justice Programme at ISS

Burger says economic conditions and increasing political interference in the police service has also had a significant impact on crime.

Political changes in the sense that it started showing in the appointment of senior people in the police service...

Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher, Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.

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