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DA: Zakhele Mbhele says victims of Crime Survey shows urgent need for professional police

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DA: Zakhele Mbhele says victims of Crime Survey shows urgent need for professional police

28th September 2017

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While the DA welcomes the Stats SA Victims of Crime Survey’s indication that households and individuals experienced a steady decrease in crime over the last four years, the following worrying trends highlight the urgent need for the professionalisation of the police:

• Only half of housebreaking victims reported the crime to the police;
• Almost 40% of victims choose to report it to somebody else, nearly 1% of which to the local gang;
• Almost one third of respondents don’t report housebreakings because the police cannot or will not do anything about it;
• Only about 40% of households that experienced housebreakings were satisfied with police actions;
• Nearly one third of households reported that they experienced police response times taking up to as long as one hour; and
• Almost one quarter of households reported that they never see police on duty in uniform in their neighbourhood.

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This trend sadly follows on the previous Victims of Crime Survey that showed an 81% failure rate in making arrests in reported housebreakings and that 97% of housebreakings did not end in a conviction.

These concerning findings clearly show that the people of South Africa have completely lost trust in the custodians of their safety.

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Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, must prioritise resourcing the police, stop wasting time on pointless social media campaigns and get serious about what victims of crime really need. A professional and trusted police service.

 

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