Phiyega and Nhleko can't address crime - EFF

2015-09-29 21:14
(EFF website)

(EFF website)

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Johannesburg - The crime statistics released on Tuesday are not in the least bit shocking as there was so much inequality, unemployment, exploitation, and degenerate leadership in South Africa, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Tuesday.

"Taking the law into one's hands has become the norm," national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

He hit out at national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

"How can Riah Phiyega stop murder when she herself is a number one murderer of workers?" Ndlozi said, referring to the Marikana massacre.

Ndlozi asked how Nhleko could stop robberies when he actively, in full view of the public, protected President Jacob Zuma from scrutiny over his Nkandla homestead. 

"The EFF has no expectations on this government to address crime," he said.

This was because the ANC had, through its "degenerate" leadership, normalised theft and the undoing of the rule of law.

"To address the rising levels of crime the country needs to make two kinds of decisions; one is to remove the ANC [from] power because it has failed and will only lead us into further crisis," he said.

"Two, we must address the socio-economic conditions that have produced a situation of the lack of opportunities, hunger and unemployment in the face of first world wealth and development."

Earlier on Tuesday, Phiyega released the crime statistics for April 2014 to March 2015 in Parliament.

Serious contact crimes - including murder, sexual offences, house robberies and hijackings - hit Gauteng the hardest. 

Gauteng had the largest increase in reported murder cases, compared with the other provinces. There were 10.4% more murders in the province year on year.

While KwaZulu-Natal was the province with the most murders at 3 810 in total, Gauteng followed closely with 3 671 murders. The Eastern Cape and Western Cape were placed third and fourth.

Nationally, murder increased by 4.6% for the reporting period of April 2014 to March 2015 year on year.

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