Spike in crime due to ‘forces’ beyond the control of SAPS

2013-10-26 00:00

THE increase in crime in KwaZulu-Natal is partially due to “forces” outside the control of the South African Police Service, the provincial commissioner said yesterday.

Speaking at the 2012/2013 KZN SAPS Excellence Awards at the Coastlands Hotel in central Durban, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said while the police had committed to reducing criminal activities, there are social issues they cannot control.

“What is in our control we will work on. However, there are forces out of our control that negatively impact on crime.

“This includes rapid urbanisation, growth in businesses, increased car ownership as well as an increasing population,” said Ngobeni.

Meanwhile, the South African Police Union (Sapu) took the opportunity to take a swipe at the SAPS. It called for better support of rural stations, alleged that there is a bias towards urban centres and that police members are burdened with volumes of unnecessary paperwork, taking them away from their jobs.

The release in September of the 2012/13 crime statistics for KZN showed an overall increase in criminal activity and an increase on almost all the contact crime indicators including murder and aggravated robbery, as opposed to 2011/12.

The awards ceremony was attended by 184 station commanders and 40 awards were handed to various stations across various categories.

Sapu provincial manager Nurse Mdletshe hit out at SAPS management, saying rural areas are under- resourced, under-funded and receive inadequate support.

She said the detective services have become over-burdened with bureaucratic paperwork and that the detectives need greater support to undertake their duties.

KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu congratulated the SAPS for their role in bringing political stability to the province. “A decade ago political adversaries could not walk down the same road. But this has changed …” he told the audience.

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