Mak­ing SA safe to­gether

Vuk'uzenzele - - Safety Security -

Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula has urged com­mu­ni­ties to get in­volved in the fight against crime.

The min­is­ter was speak­ing dur­ing the re­lease of the 2016/17 crime sta­tis­tics.

He said there was a need to in­volve so­ci­ety in cam­paigns against sub­stance and al­co­hol abuse which are among the fac­tors be­hind crime. The min­is­ter urged the men and women in blue to in­crease polic­ing say­ing more could be done to ar­rest crime.

“The pub­lic must be proac­tively in­volved in ef­forts to fight crime. Crime should be ad­dressed by all of us as an is­sue of na­tional in­ter­est and pri­or­ity. We must not score po­lit­i­cal points over this is­sue…”

He said curb­ing crime is in the coun­try’s na­tional in­ter­est. Crime af­fects ev­ery­one, said the min­is­ter, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of the Deputy Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Bon­gani Mkongi, who could not at­tend the re­lease of the crime sta­tis­tics be­cause his nephew had been stabbed to death in Khayelit­sha.

Of the 2.1 mil­lion se­ri­ous crimes recorded, 1.7 mil­lion were com­mu­nity-re­ported crimes, which is a drop of 1.8 per­cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

“This de­crease was driven mainly by a re­duc­tion in all the broad crime cat­e­gories, namely con­tact-re­lated crime (-3.3 per­cent), con­tact crime (-2.4 per­cent), other se­ri­ous crimes (-2.0 per­cent) and prop­erty-re­lated crime (-0.5 per­cent).”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.