Police alone can't be blamed for increase in murders - Nhleko

2015-09-29 14:42
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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Parliament - The police alone cannot be blamed for the increase in the number of murders, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Tuesday following the release of statistics that showed a 4.6% increase in murders.

"There is a sense, and we need to dissuade this thinking in society and in ourselves as politicians...  that murder can only be solved by police. It can't be," he said in response to questions in Parliament's portfolio committee on police.

He said murders happen largely among acquaintances, friends and family, and people did not invite the police to "observe" them when they went out for a drink or had other social activities.

"In the same way... [DA MP Dianne] Kohler Barnard doesn't know if her husband is going to murder her anytime between today and tomorrow," Nhleko said.

He said murders were a "social issue" that required advocacy in communities.

"The fact that I disagree with you... [FFPlus MP Pieter] Groenewald, does not mean I am going to punch you in the face. Adequate skills are needed to resolve differences."

He said that without these skills a slap between two people could graduate to a punch, then to someone drawing a knife, and then to someone pulling a gun.

"And then you are dead."

He said the number of police deaths represented a "backward" aspect to our society.

"The police are the extension of society - if society kills police, we are killing ourselves."

He said those who doubted the reliability of the statistics were missing the point.

"83% of our people, if you get raped, beaten up or assaulted, they walk into a police station. They don't go to Mr Groenewald's house," Nhleko said.

"You can only work on the statistics that have been reported.

"If you then say you doubt the statistic, by how much do you doubt? What is your scientific calculation for doubting?"

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