6 key points from Nhleko on crime stats

2015-09-29 11:16
Nathi Nhleko (Nardus Engelbrecht, AFP)

Nathi Nhleko (Nardus Engelbrecht, AFP)

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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Tuesday started releasing the crime statistics for the 2014/15 period.

Here are six key points:

1. On contact crimes: "To resolve the whole issue of murder - to think we [just as the police] can resolve the murder in society is effectively a hallucination." He said it is a societal problem that needs a multi-faceted approach “It ... has to be tackled at family units and composition of society, the manner in which we school, our culture all becomes quite critical."

2. A total of 686 police officers were arrested for various crimes during the 2014/2015 reporting year.

3. The “influx of undocumented foreign nationals” remains a serious issue, with Nhleko noting a spike in certain crimes in the areas where there is a large number of these individuals.

4. During the reporting period, Nhleko acknowledged that there had been an upswing in minibus taxi related violence.

5. Over 80% of the entire country’s crime statistics are community reported, that is, someone walked into a police station and reported the crime.

6. On his main concerns: Nhleko mentioned high levels of violence and aggression in society; that socio-economic inequality is contributing to levels of crime; and the prevalence of firearms even with thousands being destroyed every year.

- See the Live Update of the release of the crime statistics here.

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