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Crime stat claim 'political claptrap' - DA

2014-06-19 22:42

Cape Town - Claims that the rate of murders and other serious crimes have dropped in South Africa is "political claptrap", the DA said on Thursday.

"The truth is the murder rate went up last year, as did attempted murder, aggravated robbery, residential burglaries, fraud, car-jackings, and theft from our motor vehicles," DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard told MPs in Parliament.

"Stretching statistics from the past to try and twist today's truth into a good story is political claptrap," she said.

She was speaking during the second day of debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, in a joint-sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.

In his address on Tuesday evening, Zuma said government would continue to work "to further reduce levels of crime".

Kohler-Barnard on Thursday suggested serious crime rates were increasing.

"We are back up to 45 murders, 182 sexual offences, 436 robberies, and 718 burglaries from homes every single day."

She criticised national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, who had "bungled" the fitness boards of inquiry process within the SA Police Service.

A court had ruled that the boards, tasked with investigating the 1 448 serving police officers found to have criminal records, were without legal force and effect.

"We sit with murderers, rapists, bigamists, and hijackers, armed and at your service at a station near you," Kohler-Barnard said.

South Africa needed an inspirational and aspirational police force.

Turning to Zuma, who was present in the House, she asked: "Mr President, if you were the CEO of an international conglomerate looking for investment opportunities, and you were aware of our crime statistics in our strife-ridden land, would you invest here?

"Would you be the one to open a factory which would gainfully employ 10 000 South Africans, or would you simply look elsewhere?"

Comments
  • Tshivhenga Ndou - 2014-06-19 22:55

    They did not do arithmetic at school. Excuse the discrepancies...

      Joseph Shange - 2014-06-20 01:13

      I have opened up a branch in Nigeria as I know in my heart SA will be going downhill in the 5 years. Nigeria will become the economic powerhouse of Africa. That is where the real opportunities are.

      kevern.upton - 2014-06-20 16:05

      So, Joseph, may I ask, knowing what you did in your heart, who did you vote for?

  • mark.heath.3388 - 2014-06-19 23:58

    Yes crime is coming down......down a street near you.

  • William MacFarlane - 2014-06-20 00:19

    What can u expect when the matric pass rate in maths is 30% . An old saying " there's lie , damned lies then theres statistics " . I've like most people in south africa become immune to the fact that murder is not a fact of life . Been visiting my family in ireland past few months , that I can go for a run at 9 o'clock at night (weather permitting ) . A single shooting in the area is treated as a major incident , whereas at home , I'd just shrug my shoulders and say "so what " . In answer to question would people invest in south africa , thats a definite NO .

      Mike Bundy - 2014-06-20 10:46

      Officially the maths matric pass rate is NOT 30%

  • James Smythe - 2014-06-20 00:20

    I am awaiting the day when either the family of or a powerful foreign conglomerate with executive, highly paid and skilled management staff who they have relocated to SA take the step after one of their people is murdered in say, a hijacking, of suing the SA government and SAPS for millions of Pounds or Dollars or Euros for the negligence which led to the loss of a key manager or director. The SAPS figures have been an outright lie for years. The National Injury and Mortality Survey of a few years ago stated that the rate of murder in SA, from figures compiled after a survey of mortuaries across the land, is no less than 98 per DAY! Mortuaries are surveyed because the cops cannot fudge the existence of corpses and it is not difficult to determine violent deaths from attacks as opposed to natural deaths or from accidental deaths.

  • Cebo Mvubu - 2014-06-20 01:25

    Move from comfort zone Mr

  • Kagiso Booi - 2014-06-20 03:58

    Funny enough these people talk about SA not being an attractive investment destination, so all companies are locally owned?

      Noel Hagen - 2014-06-20 04:38

      When did they invest?

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-06-20 07:55

      Yes Kagiso... When did they enter this country??? Be careful... The answer may embarrass your cause even further, Idiot!

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-06-20 06:12

    we know that for a very long time only dumb people will accept what they dish up as fact

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-06-20 08:01

    Scary statistics made worse by economic prisoners. The rand is rubbish and hence we are stuck with it unless we give away to buy just £1. Scary indeed

  • Khaya Mgoqi - 2014-06-20 08:31

    Anc cannot combut crime because they are crime expects......expects of corruption...theft.......fraud.......actualy government of anc is government of kliptocracy....

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-06-20 09:13

    While these thugs give the false impression of a dream world... lock your doors. Don't stop too close behind another car at the red traffic light. Start looking at long-term investments elsewhere. Buy pre-paid electricity meters for your properties. Educate your children through different means, other than public schools. Install solar panels (for when there is no electricity to buy) Buy water purifiers. Open a savings account for your families health. What did I miss?

      Mike Bundy - 2014-06-20 10:43

      Consider emigration?

  • willem.louw.16 - 2014-06-20 10:13

    Several large conglomerates are preparing to take their business to Botswana. Fact is, due to the high sickness and death rates (often from TB and or HIV), you have to constantly train new staff which is costly and ham strings production. Combined with the electricity issue and strikes... You have to be an imbecile to invest here

  • kevern.upton - 2014-06-20 16:03

    Good final question Dianne, and what was z's answer?

  • Jimmy Kotze - 2014-06-20 20:02

    Excellent comment by a politician for a change. With all these problems i still love my country where i was born, South-African all the way. Joseph 0do you know what is happening in Nigeria? Ex Colleagues of mine is doing bodyguard work over there seeing that business people cannot go anywhere without armed guards. Terrorism from boko harram is also creating major problems

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