Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Combating crime big on Nqakula’s agenda

By Anya van Wyk
12 September 2006

Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula, met with nine MECs yesterday to discuss plans to reduce violent crime. He urged the Department of Correctional Services to help him combat crime by clearing space in prisons and courts. This will reduce the present backlog in criminal cases.

Nqakula instituted a six month action plan in May in the fight against crime.

Nqakula told the Cape Times, that police have followed the instructions of the action plan and are using their investigative skills to find criminals. The number of prisoners serving life sentences has increased from 432 in 1995 to 6012 from last year. This is promising indication of improved investigations said Nqakula. Police have also drawn up a list of urgent arrests. Technology will be introduced to help investigation turnover happen faster.

Next year new legislation will have one police force under national commissioner Jackie Selebi. This will ensure that the police force is under one command and facilitate better control.


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