Tebogo Msimanga |
“Not since the dawn of democracy in 1994, has South Africa ever been in such a violent, murderous and bloody war against crime as we are today. It is a war which is being completely and utterly lost due to a vacuum in crime intelligence, poorly trained police officers and under-resourced police stations across the country”.These are the sentiment of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
DA Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield said for the first time in South Africa’s history, murders increased above 80 murders and rapes above 135 rapes every single day. “A horrific escalation in mass shootings further exposes the complete failure of crime intelligence to prevent the circulation of illegal firearms and to anticipate these terrifying incidents”.
Whitfield added that in President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2019, he promised to halve violent crimes within 10 years but today it continues to rise. “His silence in his reply to the SONA debate this week is as good as an admission of defeat in the war against crime”.
Whitfield reiterated that it is time for Ramaphosa to drop Cele, appoint a capable Minister and devolve policing powers to capable provincial and local governments to get the job done.