Festive season crime stats unveiled

2013-01-15 12:12

Pretoria - A total of 704 people were arrested for public violence over the festive season, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Tuesday.

"We respect the right of citizens to protest as that is a constitutionally enshrined right and we have no intention to tamper with these rights," he said.

"We, however, firmly oppose any violent destruction of property, intimidation and murder of innocent people whilst all these criminal acts are being disguised and justified as public protests."

Mthethwa was speaking in Pretoria at the release of crime statistics for the festive season.

He said police would deal with any lawlessness to ensure they defended law-abiding citizens.


The festive season campaign started on 15 October and would officially end on 31 January. About 76 700 people were arrested during the festive season.

Around 51 191 fines were issued during this period for various offences from traffic violations to illegally operating liquor outlets, he said.

"We remain very concerned about the lack of adherence to the rules of the road which... have resulted in fatalities and loss of lives," Mthethwa said.

"We arrested 2 751 suspects for driving under the influence, which is exceptionally high. To date we have confiscated 451 stolen vehicles nationally."

On Thursday, Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said it was estimated that around 1 465 people lost their lives in road accidents during the season.

  • willie.erasmus - 2013-01-15 12:46

    "A total of 704 people were arrested for public violence over the festive season" How many of these where striking farmworkers throwing rocks at cars and blocking highways. How many corrupt cops were arrested while we at it? Let us just not mention Western Cape while we at it because let’s be honest, how can the police be inefficient?

  • martin.brink.965 - 2013-01-15 13:10

    Let's get real, just for a few minutes. Cops are, for the main part, trying really hard to make a difference, and we should support them is, by a smile, wave or buying them a donut or cup of coffee. They are pretty screwed, you must have realised by now. Crime pays local,provincial and national government expenses, including fat cat salaries, so there is no incentive from any political party to create sustainable jobs for the commercially unemployable people, who do crime for their basic needs. Instead, job projects are killed -and I include the DA in this as I experienced it. The 90 day ANC infrastructure projects are just long enough for a person to get used to buying instead of stealing, getting used to a better standard of living before the plug is pulled and they back to having nothing but are worse off as they have tasted better. So they too have to steal to have what they want or were used to. Our gov aint stupid, this is cleverly and well planned. Cops actually don't have a chance unless we the citizens act intelligently and with clear focus. View for just 1 idea that will change South Africa, and there are plenty projects like this they are killing daily.

      gruntus.maximus.9 - 2013-01-15 16:36

      I like the way you think dude. Most of these guys and girls are just doing the best they can with the poor amount of support they get. They get paid a pittance and we expect them to put their lives on the line. And then we don't even give them the respect they deserve. Fight crime, give a cop a hug.

  • navorser.vanwyk - 2013-01-15 13:17

    Nathi, please answer the following question:"how many are still behind bars?". We see that you give murderers bail, and the murder once again, this time more brutal. What are the chanches of these guys staying behind bars for more than ONE WEEK? You, mister, is guilty of genocide. You lost the case against the MDC (Case 77150/09)(sounds familiar?), and the next case you will also lose.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-15 13:18

    as usual the numbers have been spun into good news. there are so many crimes that go unreported - I think if we saw the reality we'd be very afraid

  • neville.botha.92 - 2013-01-15 13:24

    now can you tell us the rest? how many died on the scene? how many died on the way to hospital? is the air emergency services desputes sorted out yet? carte blanche documented some serious concerns before the season started!!! how many patients were air lifted? how many were paedestrians? thats the report and statistics that are relevant. how many dogs not behind fences and not on leashes were the cause of accidents on the roads...

  • mike.kersten.923 - 2013-01-15 13:35

    .... how many homes were burgled and how many perputrators were captured? That would be useful.

  • janti.cloete - 2013-01-15 13:37

    And it is all good and well. But it is only the tip of the iceberg....

  • maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-15 13:44

    Bad news but well done to the police.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-15 14:09

    Women, girls and babies also have the right to live in peace and not fear rape. Where are you now Mthethwa?.

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  • frikb2 - 2013-01-15 16:12

    Not to mention the thefts and robberies....I have been working in Tanzania for 7 months...go to Cape Town for holliday and get all my stuff stolen 4 days after I am back in SA ....wonderful country we live in....

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