Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DA calls for crime statistics audit

Mluleki Mrwebi
26 September 2012

The Democratic Alliance says the current method of collecting, collating, and reporting crime statistics means few people trust the figures reported each year.

DA Shadow Minister of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said there should be an independent audit for the crime statistics.

Kohler Barnard said that in order for the police to fight crime effectively and to allow for government to be held accountable for its performance in crime prevention, a new method for crime statistics is needed.

The crime figures for 2011/2012 were released in parliament by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega last week.

Riah Phiyega admitted that there was no independent body responsible for the collection of crime statistics. 

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