ECape crime stats 2015/2016 indicate police need new approach: DA

SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

The Eastern Cape's high rate of crimes as revealed by the 2015/2016 Annual Crime Stats that were presented by Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, on Friday, highlights the need for the SAPS in the province to have a fresh approach to reducing crime, says the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape.

According to the stats, the province recorded a high murder rate (up 9.9% from 3 321 in 2014/15 to 3 649 in 2015/16), carjacking (up 24.3% from 769 in 2014/15 to 956 in 2015/15) and truck hijacking (up 58.8% from 34 in 2014/15 to 54 in 2015/16), along with the high rate of other crimes. 

"These figures continue to strike fear into the hearts and minds of people when it comes to issues of their personal safety," said the Bobby Stevenson MPL, the DA's Shadow MEC for Safety and Security.

"To make great strides in winning the war against crime, the SAPS must embrace modern technology that is available.  This technology includes drones, CCTV cameras, number plate recognition cameras, WhatsApp groups and available technology such as Shotspotter that can triangulate gunshots to within three meters in a community."

Stevenson said that in 2015, the release of the crime statistics was marred with controversy as the DA found a discrepancy between the statistics released between the two previous years.

"The SAPS needs to enter into memorandums of understanding with municipalities in this province to establish partnerships to reduce crime, particularly in the areas where it comes to sharing technological innovation," he added.

"To create a province of rising opportunity for all, the crime rate needs to be drastically reduced, as this is a deterrent for investors."