19 September 2013
anticipated annual crime statistics for 2012/2013 financial year were released
by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.
revealed that fewer crimes were committed over the past year.
Western Cape MEC of
Community Safety Dan Plato said he is concerned about the increase in the
number of murders, attempted murder, drug crimes and house robberies in the
Spokesperson Greg Wagner said MEC Plato said that they are aware that alcohol abuse plays a major
role in the increase levels of violence and murder.
The police need to
close down the thousands of illegal shebeens as a matter of urgency. The MEC
has also repeatedly called on the South African police to introduce specialised
Policing Unit to deal with gangs and drugs in the Western Cape.
Meanwhile MEC Plato
said the province has no operational control over the Criminal Justice System
which is a national skill. The province has
implemented various programmes and interventions aimed at improving the longer
term socio-economic conditions of residents.
Spokesperson Greg Wagner said these include the passing of the community safety act.
violence prevention policy which was launched this week as well as partnership
with various religious organisations to provide youth safety interventions and
with FET Colleges to provide school leaving youth in high crime areas with
tertiary education opportunities.
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