Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance says it is horrified by the crime statistics for the 4th quarter of 2021/2022 which have exposed the violent bloodbath of crime that stains communities across South Africa. Minister of Police Bheki Cele released the stats on Friday.
DA Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield said all South Africans are living in permanent fear that they will become the next crime statistic. “These crime statistics come at a time when 61% of South African Police Service (SAPS) members don’t believe that they are winning the fight against crime”.
Some other crime statistics between January 2022 and March 2022 show 32 783 robberies with aggravated circumstances (364 per day). 3 306 kidnappings which are up 109.2% from the last period (36.7 per day) and 5 402 car hijackings (60 per day)
Whitfield said neither the public nor the SAPS themselves have confidence in the police to fight crime.
Whitfield reiterated that the DA believes that Minister Cele has proven time and again why he is not fit to serve in his position “and yet in spite of overwhelming evidence that Minister Cele is failing, President Ramaphosa keeps him in the cabinet”.