Crime stat claim 'political claptrap' - DA

2014-06-19 22:42
Dianne Kohler-Barnard (Picture: Beeld)

Dianne Kohler-Barnard (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - Claims that the rate of murders and other serious crimes have dropped in South Africa is "political claptrap", the DA said on Thursday.

"The truth is the murder rate went up last year, as did attempted murder, aggravated robbery, residential burglaries, fraud, car-jackings, and theft from our motor vehicles," DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard told MPs in Parliament.

"Stretching statistics from the past to try and twist today's truth into a good story is political claptrap," she said.

She was speaking during the second day of debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, in a joint-sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.

In his address on Tuesday evening, Zuma said government would continue to work "to further reduce levels of crime".

Kohler-Barnard on Thursday suggested serious crime rates were increasing.

"We are back up to 45 murders, 182 sexual offences, 436 robberies, and 718 burglaries from homes every single day."

She criticised national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, who had "bungled" the fitness boards of inquiry process within the SA Police Service.

A court had ruled that the boards, tasked with investigating the 1 448 serving police officers found to have criminal records, were without legal force and effect.

"We sit with murderers, rapists, bigamists, and hijackers, armed and at your service at a station near you," Kohler-Barnard said.

South Africa needed an inspirational and aspirational police force.

Turning to Zuma, who was present in the House, she asked: "Mr President, if you were the CEO of an international conglomerate looking for investment opportunities, and you were aware of our crime statistics in our strife-ridden land, would you invest here?

"Would you be the one to open a factory which would gainfully employ 10 000 South Africans, or would you simply look elsewhere?"

- SAPA
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