Lack of trust alarming

2018-10-17 06:05
The crime statistics for the 2017-’18 financial year were released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape on Monday (15/10). With other delegates at the press conference is Sylvia Lucas, Northern Cape Premier (sitting at the head of the table). Photos: Boipelo Mere

The crime statistics for the 2017-’18 financial year were released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape on Monday (15/10). With other delegates at the press conference is Sylvia Lucas, Northern Cape Premier (sitting at the head of the table). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The Northern Cape Police’s proactive conduct has proved to be producing good results.

These include an increase in criminals busted following raids and daily operations over the 2017-’18 financial year. An increase of 411 cases was experienced by the police in this regard.

The crime statistics for the 2017-’18 financial year were released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape on Monday (15/10).

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas reiterated that they can never be satisfied until peace is guaranteed within communities.

Commending the police with regards to the progress made, she expressed concern about how members of the community tend to be complacent about reporting crimes that happen among them.

She said she refused to see any stagnant situations and rather opted for a decrease in all categories, a sign that the police service is effective.

Lucas expressed her disappointment in the lack of trust that exists between communities and the police.

She highlighted the probability that slow response and low effectiveness during the call-outs could be the cause of mistrust.

“What we want is for our people to say that, as long as I see the blue uniform, I know that I am safe,” emphasised Lucas.

She applauded Northern Cape residents for generally being peaceful people, apart from sporadic incidents.

“That is why I ask myself why there is so little trust between the community and the police. It is very painful when you are at a community imbizo and people are saying such negative things about the police.”

According to the statistics, crime detection as a result of police action has led to serious busts for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, drug-related crimes and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The highest number of reported cases was in Kei­moes, with an increase of 64 cases.

Rape and attempted sexual offences have decreased, while contact sexual offences have increased.

The most cases in that subcategory were reported at the Galeshewe, Kimberley, Rosedale and Kakamas Station.

Contact-related crime like arson and crime related to damage to property have also seen a decrease.

The Kimberley Station has experienced an increase of 90 cases in this category.

A 4,5% decrease has been experienced with regard to property-related crimes like theft out of a vehicle, residential area, non-residential area and stock theft.

Kimberley, Galeshewe and Kuruman saw the highest number of reported cases.

Theft out of motor vehicles and stock theft are the only cases that are reported to have experienced a slight increase in numbers in Kuruman and Kimberley.

Commercial crimes and shoplifting reflected a decrease of 3,6% – 342 less cases as compared to the previous financial year.

Lucas appealed to communities to shy away from committing social fibre crimes against one another.

She revealed that several cases have proven to the police how high the percentages of crimes were that have taken place against people that know each other in the Northern Cape.

“It is within your society that you will find that people will drink together and start a fight against each other and we will have a murder statistic,” said the premier.

Touching on the trending issue of complaints about foreign nationals who commit criminal activities she said: “These people do not really live in the streets. You are leasing your houses to them and your businesses, but today you are coming to complain about them.”

She says it only becomes a problem of the police when there are transgressions in terms of being in the area without documents that allow you to be there.

Lt Gen. Risimati Shivuri, Northern Cape police commissioner, highlighted that certain crimes (like arson) did not call for policing, but community awareness campaigns.

With regard to drug busts, he applauded community involvement, which leads to police operationalising such reports.

He elaborated that each and every case that was reported to the police was being captured, whether it was accurate or not. He said all the cases were recorded by the statistics and divided within their different categories.

Shivuri created awareness on hijacking cases. He said it happened that friends hijack each other in an attempt to knock each other down.

Shivuri confidently pledged the SAPS’ readiness in policing the upcoming 2019 provincial elections following the launch of its roadmap.

He reflected on SAPS programmes that were aimed on combating crime like the Junior Commissioner project for school learners and Youth on Business that promotes entrepreneurship.

What we want is for our people to say that, as long as I see the blue uniform, I know that I am safe. – Sylvia Lucas

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