Police response under spotlight
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.