Stats show crime under control: Phiyega

By Drum Digital
22 September 2013

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega believes that crime is under control, despite concerns about the national crime statistics released last week.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega believes that crime is under control, despite concerns about the national crime statistics released last week, The City Press reported on Sunday.

"I will tell you why I say so. When you go to any research institution to measure education, health, or safety and security, you need to take a longitudinal view of everything, she was quoted as saying in an interview.

"It's a complex and intricate portfolio. You can never say you have answers for everything, but what is left is what we must do."

Phiyega said she had plans to improve policing, including changes to shift systems and improvements in police training, if she could get buy in from police management.

She also dismissed as slander claims that two of her relatives in the SA Police Service (SAPS) received preferential treatment, according to the report.

Phiyega conceded that she had two family members employed in the police; her niece Brigadier Tumi Shai and her brother-in-law Brigadier Phuti Setati.

"Those people have been working for [the SAPS] for years. They are not reporting to me, they have their own bosses," she said.

"You know, it's slander, its mud-throwing, and you throw as much mud hoping that one day it [will] stick."

-Sapa

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