Police minister urged communities to be involved in fight against crime.

Releasing some of the main crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday, the Minister said there was a need to involve society in campaigns against substance and alcohol abuse, which are among the influences behind crime

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Norman Sekhukhune said in spite of a decrease in community-related crimes, murder continued to be a challenge. Murder was up by 1.8% during the 2016/ 17 financial year compared to an increase of 4.9% in the previous year.

Of the 2.1 million serious crimes recorded, 1.7 million were community-reported serious crimes

“The public must be proactively involved in efforts to fight crime. Crime should be addressed by all of us as an issue of national interest and priority,” said Mbalula.

It was reported that the minister highlighted the significance of crime statistics as they give better insight into what needs more focus and encourages the police service and other stakeholders to look into the reasons behind the fluctuations in all categories under crime.

“We simply cannot fight against an enemy we do not understand. We get to understand the patterns, the occurrences and types of crimes through the statistics so that we may plan accordingly,” he added.



By: Naledi Sikhakhane



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