National Crime Stats to be announced next month

The South African Police Service’s National Crime Statistics for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 will be announced by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa,  next month.

Crime statistics are announced annually to the nation by the Minister and this announcement is interlinked with the release of the SAPS Annual Report.  The statistics provide a systematic assessment of the state of crime in the country as well as an opportunity to review and improve on strategies that are in place to fight crime.

According to a statement received by the media from the Ministry of Police issued in Cape Town today (28 August 2012), while there has been some steady decline in various crime categories over the past few years, government acknowledges that more still needs to be done.  The Ministry of Police in particular,  continues to strengthen partnerships with various stakeholders.

“In dealing with the scourge of crime, it became apparent that police alone cannot win the fight against crime.  Criminals do not live in isolation from communities. That is why a multi-pronged approach in the fight against crime, underpinned by the involvement of the communities we serve, is the only and most effective solution to eradicating crime.:

Minister Mthethwa, will be supported by Deputy Minister of Police,  Makhotso Sotyu and the National Commissioner of Police, General Riah Phiyega in making the announcement on 20 September 2012.  Also in attendance  will be MECs responsible for policing, Heads of Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Civilian Secretariat for Police, Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, SAPS Senior Management including all the Provincial Commissioners as well as representatives from Business, CPFs, research and academic fraternities.

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