Progress made in fight against crime - Govt

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

Progress has been made in reducing the overall levels of serious crimes in the country, says Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radede.

“Conviction rates of sexual offences stood at 71.1 percent against a target of 68 percent, while the conviction rate for trio crimes (house robbery, carjacking, business robbery) was at 85 percent,” Minister Radede said.

Minister Radebe was updating the media in Pretoria on the progress and challenges pertaining to the 14 priorities of government on Friday.

He said other notable successes included achieving 67.3 percent of case docket for contact crimes that are ready for trial against a target of 65 percent.

Government, he said, was also focusing its attention on addressing the challenges of inadequate capacity in the areas of forensics, crime investigations, in particular investigations of serious contact crimes and crimes against women as well as children.

“We are implementing Operation Fiela – Reclaim, to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens prostitution rings and other illegal activities.

“This multidisciplinary interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities,” he said.

Monitoring local government performance

Meanwhile, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has assessed 30 municipalities and have used the results to inform improvements in the municipalities.

The department initiated an assessment of management practices tailored for municipalities to make local government work better.

“The initiative is referred to as the Local Government Management Improvement Model (LFMIMI). It measures the institutional performance of municipalities across a number of key performance areas,” Minister Radebe said.

The department plans to enrol a further 25 municipalities for assessment in the 2015/16 financial year.

Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring

Government has also conducted 678 unannounced monitoring visits to assess the quality of service delivery in frontline service facilities since 2011.

As part of the visits, structured questionnaires are used to guide interviews with citizens and staff and observations by monitors.

“After four years of this monitoring, we can say that most departments have heeded the call to provide stronger leadership at the frontline with South African Police Service, Home Affairs and South Africa Social Security Agency now having frontline improvements as a strategic project,” Minister Radebe said.

In the 2015/16 financial year, government intends to assess 90 new facilities. This year, government also plans to conduct improvements monitoring visits to 120 facilities.

This will be done as part of the Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring programme which calls for “an efficient, effective and development orientated public service and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship”. – SAnews.gov.za