“Gentle decrease” in EC crime stats puzzling - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has questioned the credibility of the country’s crime states released by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Tuesday.

In a statement, party MPL Bobby Stevenson said the figures for the province, compared to those from 2013 / 2014, showed “a gentle” downturn despite an overall increase of 0.9% nationally.

“We have found in many instances that there are differences in figures which have been adjusted downwards. This raises a huge question mark around the credibility of these statistics,” Stevenson said.

“For example: 

  • Murder for 2013/14: 3 453 as published on 19 September 2014 compared to 3 441 as published today (12 less).
  • Total sexual offences for 2013/14: 9 897 as published on 19 September 2014, compared to 9 616 as published today (281 less).
  • Robbery with aggravating circumstances for 2013/14: 13 485 published on 19 September 2014, compared to 13 443 as published today (42 less). 
  • Burglary at residential premises for 2013/14:  24 750 as published on 19 September 2014, compared to 24 643 as published today (107 less).

 “The provincial police commissioner needs to brief the legislature so we can understand the differences in the statistics,” he said.

According to the overall findings, a total of 17 805 people were killed in South Africa between April 1st 2014 and March 31st 2015, with the biggest increases being 29.1% in truck hijackings, 14.2% in the jacking of cars, and a 8.5% hike in aggravated robberies.

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