Po­lice re­sponse un­der spot­light

Pretoria News - - Front Page - SAKHILE ND­LAZI sakhile.nd­lazi@inl.co.za

BLACK Africans and coloureds have the low­est per­cent­age – 30% – of house­holds sat­is­fied with po­lice re­sponse.

The white pop­u­la­tion group had the high­est, with 53% of house­holds sat­is­fied with po­lice re­sponse to house­break­ing re­port­ing.

This is ac­cord­ing to the Vic­tims of Crime Sur­vey re­leased by Statis­ti­cian-Gen­eral Risenga Maluleke yes­ter­day. “I can­not say for sure why the black and coloured pop­u­la­tion don’t have trust in the po­lice. That would be jump­ing my man­date,” he said.

But Maluleke did hint that pop­u­la­tion den­sity in pre­dom­i­nantly black and coloured ar­eas com­pared to the num­bers of po­lice of­fi­cers at po­lice sta­tions played a ma­jor part.

It is be­lieved that po­lice sta­tions in town­ships are in­un­dated with many cases at a time, mak­ing the re­sponse for house rob­beries much slower.

The sur­vey was con­ducted among 30000 pri­vate house­holds in all nine prov­inces. “We cov­ered all de­mo­graph­ics from all walks of life, from the most op­u­lent to the most dis­ad­van­taged,” said Maluleke.

Asked why the white pop­u­la­tion had more trust, he said: “We are only con­cerned with the num­bers and not the psy­chol­ogy be­hind it.

“The most com­mon rea­son (34.4%) for dis­sat­is­fac­tion with po­lice was that they don’t re­spond in time. Most com­mon rea­son for dis­sat­is­fac­tion in 2016/17 was that they don’t re­cover goods. South Africans who were sat­is­fied with the courts dropped by 8.5% from last year to 41%,” he added.

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