That the ANC spends an average of R9.1-million to protect one VIP but only R1 500
per South African resident, reveals that their skewed priorities are crippling the fight against the unacceptably high levels of crime in the county. (DA)
The police service has a deficit of 62 000 officers, National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole said on Tuesday as he and Police Minister Bheki Cele presented the crime statistics for 2017/18.
Cele, addressing the media after a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police, described the statistics as “scary figures” and with candour unusual for a politician admitted: “We’ve dropped the ball.”
Cele said in 2010 there were 200 000 police officers. There were currently about 190 000, and the population had since grown. He said the South African population was about 54 million in 2010, it was now about 57.3 million.
Sitole added that the figure didn’t include the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
He told the committee that according to the United Nations’ best policing practice, there should be one police officer for every 220 citizens.
“South African police are looking after double the figure,” he said, as in South Africa there is a police officer for every 383 people.
Sitole said according to the business case they have developed for the police, there is a “deficit” of 62 000 officers.
Plans are afoot to increase the police force.
Sitole said the intake of officers had been increased from the planned 3 000 in this financial year to 5 000 after some consultation with Cele.
He said the country’s police colleges could take up to 7 000 entrants, and that that was what the service would consistently aim for until the gap was closed.
At the media briefing, Cele said government’s security cluster, “for some reason”, hadn’t been meeting for the past two years.
“Maybe that is part of dropping the ball,” he said.
He said the cluster was now meeting regularly.
“It looks like somebody made sure the Hawks are not hawks,” he said, without identifying anyone. “Somebody with big scissors clipped their wings.”
He said they were now working on putting those wings back.
It is worrying that 62 farm murders occurred during 2017/2018. It is 15 murders more than what was announced in parliament earlier this year. (AgriSA)
Zakhele Mbhele MP
DA Shadow Minister of Police
The release of the annual crime statistics for 2017/18 today is a devasting reminder of how the ANC government is losing the battle to keep South Africans safe.
Given that the ANC spends an average of R9.1-million to protect one VIP but only R1 500 per South African resident, reveals that their skewed priorities are crippling the fight against the unacceptably high levels of crime in the county.
It means that the ANC government is more interested in executive elite protection and comfort over the safety of our communities.
National Police Commissioner, General Sitole, revealed in the presentation to the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police that:
- Murder has increased by 6.9% or by four more people per day. This means that 56 people are murdered in South Africa every day;
- Rape has increased by 0.5%, or by 7 more people per day meaning that 109 people are raped every day in South Africa;
- While residential burglaries have decreased by 7.5%, this still means that 625 homes are burgled every day in South Africa; and
- Cash-in-transit heists have increased by 56.6%, which is almost one heist per day on our roads.
We know that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is severely under-resourced, under-staffed, under-trained and under-equipped.
The fact that the ANC spends R9.1 million to protect just one VIP but only R1 500 per South African means that there is money available to give the SAPS what they need to fight crime.
It is the ANC’s inability to put the people of South Africa first which means that citizens are not and do not feel safe in their homes and in the streets.
While VIPs should receive a reasonable modicum of protection, it is unacceptable that the ANC has chosen to allocate billions to protect VIPs rather than increase what they spend to keep ordinary South Africans safe.
A significant amount of what is spent on VIPs could be invested to create a professional and effective police service which can turn the tide against crime in our country. Clearly, the ANC has no plan to fight crime.
To fight crime and make sure that the people of South Africa are safe in their communities, the DA would ensure that the SAPS has the funding it needs to professionalise the SAPS by providing much-needed equipment, training and staff it needs to protect the citizens of South Africa.
South African Police Service
11 September 2018
The crime statistics presented are for the twelve month period, 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 and encompasses two broad categories of crime, ie 17 Community-Reported Serious Crimes and four Crimes Dependent on Police Action.
The 17 Community-Reported Serious Crimes are further broken down into four categories being Contact Crimes, Contact Related Crimes, Property Related Crimes and Other Serious Crimes. These are further sub-divided into sub-categories. The four Crimes Detected as a Result of Police Action are Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition, Drug Related Crimes, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs and Sexual Offences Detected as a Result of Police Action.
Over the past financial year, between 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 the following decreases were experienced across the 17 Community-Reported Serious Crimes:
• Contact Crimes decreased by 1.1%
• Contact Related Crimes decreased by 4.4%
• Property Related Crimes decreased by 6.0%
• Other Serious Crime decreased by 6.6%.
Under Contact Crimes, the following was recorded between the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years:
• Murder increased by 6.9%
• Attempted murder increased by 0.2%
• Robbery with aggravating circumstances decreased by 1.8%
• Common robbery decreased by 5.0%
• Rape increased by 0.5%
• Sexual assault increased by 8.2%
• Assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm decreased by 1.9%
• Common assault decreased by 0.1%
The trio crimes of carjacking, robbery at residential premises and robbery at non-residential premises resort under the contact crime Robbery with Aggravating Circumstances. Between the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years, the following was recorded:
• Carjacking decreased by 2.3%
• Robbery at residential premises decreased by 0.4%
• Robbery at non-residential premises decreased by 3.1%.
Under Contact Related Crimes, the following was recorded between the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years:
• Arson decreased by 10.5%
• Malicious damage to property decreased by 4.2%
In terms of Property-Related Crime, the following was recorded between the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years:
• Burglary at non-residential premises decreased by 5.8%
• Burglary at residential premises decreased by 7.5%
• Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle decreased by 5.0%
• Theft out of or from motor vehicle decreased by 6.5%
• Stock theft increased by 7.2%
A comparison of the past two financial years, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, in terms of Other Serious Crime revealed the following:
• All theft note mentioned elsewhere decreased by 7.8%
• Commercial crime decreased by 0.4%
• Shoplifting decreased by 7.8%
In terms of the second broad category, Crime Detected as a Result of Police Action are crimes usually not reported to the police but detected as a result of the deployment of law enforcement personnel and the employment of intelligence. The crime is usually recorded after the apprehension of suspects in connection with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, drug-related crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and sexual offences detected as a result of police action. It should be noted, that an increase in theses sub-categories is directly linked with police action.
A comparison of the past two financial years, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, in terms of Crimes Detected as a Result of Police Action revealed the following:
• Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased by 8.8%
• Drug-related crime increased by 10.5%
• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increased by 14.8%
• Sexual offences detected as a result of police action increased by 8.7%
The above is a broad overview of the crime statistics presented.
The crime statistics are available on the website of the South African Police Service – www.saps.gov.za