SAPS technical team rectifies 'a minor statistical glitch' in 2014/15 Crime stats

OCTOBER 1, 2015

Following an outcry about inaccuracies in the 2014/2015 Crime Statistics that were released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Tuesday by Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, and National Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, the SAPS on Thursday said their technicians had fixed the 'minor glitch' in those stats.

For example, eyebrows had been raised the SAPS stats showed that no vehicles had been stolen in the Nelson Mandela Bay during the period under review. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape immediately called into question the statistics released for the province.

"Shortly after the release of the annual crime statistics on Tuesday this week, the South African Police Service (SAPS) discovered that there were discrepancies with some of the statistics, particularly with regards to vehicle hijacking, vehicle theft and stock theft," the SAPS.

"These categories incorrectly reflected the figure zero (0) for a number of stations. But overall the figures for the provinces were and remain correct."

The police said that these discrepancies were as a result of a systematic error.

"A technical team comprising of statisticians and IT experts have since worked around the clock up until 05:00 this morning and the problem was rectified.

"Now the nation at large and anyone with interest in the statistics can rest assured that the figures reflected in all crime categories on our system are correct and a true reflection of what happened and was captured," the police said

"The SAPS apologises for any inconvenience this glitch may have caused."