2007-09-06 : MPs shoot down police explanation for murder ra

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2007-09-06 : MPs shoot down police explanation for murder ra

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-09-21 09:03


MPs shoot down police explanation for murder rate
September 06, 2007 Edition 2
Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

MEMBERS of parliament have challenged the SA Police Service and executive's
claim that in most murders the victim and aggressor have been acquainted or

Chris de Kock, of the police's information and analysis systems, said in
July that in 82% of murders, 75.9% of rapes and almost 90% of all forms of
assault, the victim and perpetrator knew each other.

MPs on the portfolio committee on safety and security challenged this when
police officers presented their annual report on crime figures yesterday.

Dianne Kohler Barnard (DA) and Annelize van Wyk (ANC) said it was striking
that a high number of people were said to have been murdered by relatives,
yet few such cases were tried in court. "Why are detection rates so low if
the perpetrators were known to the victims?" Kohler Barnard said.

Western Cape police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said the reason was that
most of the culprits moved away.

MPs also challenged police crime intelligence chief Raymond Lalla to
substantiate his claim that the strike by security guards last year had
contributed to the 25.4% rise in robberies at homes and 52.5% hike in those
at businesses.

"The strike had a ripple effect the whole year," Lalla said.

MPs said this explanation was "bizarre and ridiculous", especially given
the high level of violent crime in the country.

Petros said police stations lacked resources and communities failed to

Committee chair Maggie Sotyu (ANC) said police failed to find suspects
because they did not take visible policing seriously.
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