Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Latest South African crime stats released

Bucket of salt. Take these figures with a huge bucket of salt. The figures were delayed almost 18 months, no doubt massively massaged yet still paint a sorry state of affairs. I wager the numbers are far worse. How can contact violence be declining and other forms of crime increasing? The reason is obvious: some figures can be corroborated by independent insurance claims so hard to fudge whereas murder, rape, assault etc can be reduced to lesser categories or simply not recorded, the current favourite method. The ANC regime is incapable or unwilling to tackle crime, let's all agree on that.

The latest crime statistics released by the SAPS, September 22 2009 (table)

Now we know why ANC kept crime stats secret - DA - In their totality, these statistics confirm the findings of the recent National Prosecuting Authority annual report, which noted a "higher inflow[s] of cases" and "[m]ore accused and more counts per case" in 2008/09. In other words, the ANC just isn't getting the job done.

Crime still far too high - FF+
- This confirms the public's view that crime is increasing," Mr. Pieter Groenewald (MP), the chief spokesperson for the FF Plus on the Police, says.

Figures show that business robberies increased by a staggering 41.5 percent, house robberies increased by 27.3 percent, truck hijackings increased by 15.4 percent and car hijackings increased by 5 percent.

Cape Town, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's murder rate — one of the world's highest — has dropped slightly, but the country faces a distressing rise in rapes, robberies and hijackings, South African police said Tuesday.

The number of murders decreased 3.4 percent to 18,148 between April 2008 and March 2009. That still leaves 50 murders a day in the country of some 50 million people.

Sexual offenses increased 10.1 percent, with a total of 71,500 reported offenses. Robberies at homes and businesses increased more dramatically, up 27.3 and 41.5 percent respectively.

South Africa has one of the worst crime rates in the world, putting the government under pressure to show that safety is improving ahead of next year's soccer World Cup.

"There are areas where we are making progress. At the same time there are areas where we are still lagging behind," Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said. "Government is unshakable in its resolve to fight crime."

Many observers and opposition parties are not convinced the government is winning the war against crime.

"It's a bad year. It's definitely a bad year," said analyst Johan Burger, with the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies.

President Jacob Zuma has appointed a new police commissioner Bheki Cele and charged him with ridding the police force of corruption and boosting morale as the country approaches its first World Cup, expected to draw 400,000 visitors.

In a small bright spot, the number of muggings dropped for the third consecutive year. The latest figures show a 7.4 percent decrease.

Of more concern to South African residents was the increase in house and business robberies and an increase in car hijackings. Figures show that business robberies increased by a staggering 41.5 percent, house robberies increased by 27.3 percent, truck hijackings increased by 15.4 percent and car hijackings increased by 5 percent.

This year, well-coordinated armed gangs have blazed through several shopping malls in Johannesburg, killing bystanders and terrifying shoppers and store owners.

Mthethwa said he believes the worsening economy may be the real culprit for the rise in robberies. South Africa is in its first recession in two decades. He said he was deeply concerned about the increase in house robberies.

"It is one of the crimes that are the most intrusive and personalize the crime experience," he said.

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, condemned the figures as a "serious deterioration" of the crime situation in South Africa.

"With the 2010 World Cup fast approaching, the usual rhetoric and empty promises must once and for all be brought to an end," spokeswoman Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement, in which she called for more police and better training.

Joe Mcgluwa, from the Independent Democrats, said his party viewed the statistics with mixed feelings. They welcomed the decrease in murders but were very concerned about increase in other forms of violent crime.

"The increase in sexual offenses is most worrying of all and shows we still have a very long way to go to create a society where our women and children are safe," he said in a statement.

2 Opinion(s):

AMB said...

News24 has a poll going: Can we believe the crime stats. So far, over 8000 people have voted either no, or the stats are easily manipulated; and only 2% (173 people) have voted yes.It will be interesting to keep an eye on the results as these are the people living in SA who experience the crime...
And no, I don't believe the stats. The murder rate is still over 50 a day, even with the doctored stats, so it would be interesting to know what the real figure is for murders committed.

Doberman said...

I guess the infamous 142 douchebags/ academics should send a petition to News24 to protest the online poll. Shows you how out of touch they are.