12 October 2015
South Africa's province of Gauteng’s shocking latest rape statistics demonstrate the poor detection and prosecution of crime and criminals, the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng said on Sunday.
A total of 8 455 rapes were reported in Gauteng – an average of 23 incidents every day – according to a 2014/15 crime statistics briefing by Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba on Friday, DA spokeswoman Kate Lorimer said in a statement.
“Mothiba gave an admirably frank and open response to questions and criticisms,” she said.
He gave a number of reasons for the increase of crime in Gauteng, including the disbandment of specialised crime fighting units, which he described as “the worst mistake ever made”, the increased involvement of SA Police Service members in organised crime syndicates, poorly resourced police stations, including the provincial loss of around 130 members every month, and the number of repeat offenders on bail, who re-offended, and were granted bail again.
Other than the rape statistic, the most shocking figure to emerge, is the unacceptably low conviction rate of 9.01 percent of cases reported at police stations.
This was the statistic that really gave an indication of the true state of crime and policing in Gauteng.
“It shows that the detection and prosecution of crime and criminals are inferior, and play a large part in Gauteng’s crime crisis,” Lorimer said.
Source: African News Agency