Office of the Chief Whip
20 September 2012
The Office of the ANC Chief Whip welcomes the 2011-2012 crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, today in Parliament. The statistics, which reflects a significant decline in various serious crimes, clearly demonstrates that the ANC government’s crime fighting efforts continues to bear fruit. The continuous year-on-year decline in serious crimes such as murder, cash-in-transit, aggravated robbery, car hijackings and bank robberies shows that we continue to intensify the crime-fighting achievements recorded during the 2010 world cup.
We are confident that government will indeed continue to deepen its progressive crime-fighting strategies in this regard to ensure that South Africans are not only safe but also feel safe.
We agree with the Minister that the slow decline or increase in other forms of crimes such as drunken driving, business and house robberies would require a review in crime-fighting strategies in those specific areas. Society has a huge role to play in partnering the police in the eradication of crime, as some of these criminals live amongst communities. Purchasing stolen goods, which in some instances were taken from murdered victims, expands the market for illicit goods and undermines crime-fighting efforts.
We congratulate the brave men and women in blue, under the able leadership of Minister Mthethwa, Commissioner-General Riah Phiyega and their teams, for their continued efforts to build safer and more secure communities.
Issued by the office of the ANC Chief Whip