The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the crime statistics released yesterday by the Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa. The union however remains worried about the spate of crime in the country. The decrease in murder statistics by a 3.1 percent offers some consolation, however we are still worried that the figures are still in their thousands.
POPCRU agrees with the Police Minister that the stats are a reflection of the work done in the fight against crime. We are also equally disturbed by the high rate of recorded sexual offences. For some time in the past six months, South Africans woke up to depressing reports of child rapes almost on a weekly basis. This is monstrous and we appeal on all South Africans to reclaim a more dignified society that isn’t riddled by such ills.
The continued decrease in car hijackings also brings us some solace. We note with joy that there’s also been a 2 percent decrease in residential burglaries, albeit a small reduction, we are hopeful that the animals who invade our homes will be defeated.
POPCRU is alarmed by the 4.5 % increase in stats related to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. This is of great concern as driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol contributes greatly to the large number of preventable deaths on our roads.
POPCRU congratulates all officers who worked hard and effectively to ensure that we see decreases in the general crime statistics and hope we will see even greater improvements in the next year.
Issued by POPCRU on 21 September 2012