The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday said the
report by the South African Institute for Race Relations showing 1.7 million
crimes went unreported is a reflection of the police service performance.
DA said the statistic shows how little confidence South African citizens have
in the capability of the police to investigate crime and make arrests.
DA Shadow Minister of Police Dianne Kohler
Barnard said has submitted a range of parliamentary questions to obtain further
details on this chronic under-reporting and what the Ministry of Police intends
to do about it.
Barnard adds that South Africa needs a highly professionalized
and top performing police service.
Furthermore she adds that instead, we are
increasingly faced by incidents of police brutality, by poorly trained and
She also adds that the reality is that
under their leadership confidence in the SAPS has been significantly undermined
and highlights that this is an indictment of both Commissioner Phiyega and
Barnard also indicates that what is particularly
horrifying is the claim that 3 murders a day go unreported.
“According to the report around 3.3 million
crimes were experienced in the country in 2011 but only 48% of these were
actually reported. And these are less than half,” said Barnard.
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