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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 14:26

Mbalula to crack the whip on crime

The article “Mbalula to crack the whip on crime” The Mercury, Wednesday May 03 2017 refers.

 

It is encouraging that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula told parliamentarians that “police would reclaim the streets from criminals and also crush the ‘serpent’ crime with brute force.”

In February this year the ‘Victims of Crime Survey’ (VOCS) released by the Statistician-General, stated that there was a decline in police visibility in the last five years and almost 41% of South Africans think crime had increased in their areas.

Further, when under threat, the first call most South African households would make is to the police rather than to a relative, friend, or other source of authority.

This is despite the fact that trust in the police is declining. In some cases this seems to be a case of “out of sight, out of mind”: over 20% of households in KwaZulu-Natal reported that they “never see a police officer in uniform in their area” and overall, there has been a drop in satisfaction with South African police from 64.2% in 2011 to 58.8% in 2015/16.

“The majority of victims across all crimes cited ‘police could do nothing’ and ‘police won’t do anything about it’ as the reasons why they did not report incidents of crime,” the report states.

Hopefully the Police Minister’s statement to parliamentarians will turn into proactive results for all South Africans.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

LETTER TO: EDITOR, The Mercury
SENT ON: Thursday, 04 May 2017

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