REALTIME STATS NEEDED
DEMOCRATIC Allianc e shado w polic e minister Dianne K ohlerBarnard said that the unwillingne ss o f polic e t o communicate r ealtime incident s w as an e ffort t o pr otect the imag e o f Riah Phiy ega. “Her t eam ha ve one mission onl y: pr otect Phiy ega.”
She said that the annual r
elease o f of a crime in Pietermaritzburg. It made far more sense that a police communications officer attended the scene of a crime the y were c ommenting on.
“It’s like a r eturn to apartheid days when all polic e c ommunication w as routed via P retoria. T he S A N ational Editors’ Forum [Sanef] must also share the bur den of sorting this out. ”
He said he felt the problem was exacerbated by the appointment of LieutenantGeneral Solomon Makgale, a civilian, as the national head of police com crime s tatistics, when ar ea specific numbers us ed t o be r eleased onc e a month, w as adv erse t o fighting crime .
“Citizens shoul d ha ve r ealtime s tatistics at all s tations s o that the y ar e able t o check on happening s in their neighbourhoods r ather than hoping they’ll he ar on the s treet.” munications.
Claire Crawley of the Piet ermaritzburg c ommunity policing f orum said she belie ves c ommunities “deserve t o know what is happening ar ound them at all times. It is important that the police warn and update the public so they can be vigilant and a void an y risk s.” • If you become aware of a serious crime in your area you think should be reported on, l et us kno w. Call Je ff Wick s at 082 073 8565 or S tephanie Sa ville at 033 355 1127.