The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is deeply disturbed and concerned by the latest crime statistics; in particular, by the increase in murders.
In relation to the alleged drop in reported rape cases; we view this statistic with caution. It is encouraging to see that there was a decrease in the reported rape cases. However, we are cognisant of the fact that overall, South Africa is still a dangerous country for women and the reported rape statistics are still incredibly high. What is especially alarming is that 1 564 of these reported rape cases happened in public spaces. Could this have been prevented? What safety measures are available in public spaces, and how can they be extended?
As the IFP, we are deeply concerned by the reported increase in murders. 6 424 people were murdered during the first quarter of this year, which is an increase of 664 people. The Minister stated that the leading causes of murder are arguments and misunderstandings, and that the leading weapon of choice is a firearm; with 2 766 people shot to death.
The IFP refuses to accept that South Africans are ‘trigger happy’ and violent, and we instead want to raise questions around the access to firearms. The issues of firearm licensing and the purchase of illegal firearms must be urgently addressed.
In addition, the IFP believes that there is still not enough being done to protect our women and children. From April to June of 2022, 855 women and 243 children were killed in South Africa. Nineteen of those children were murdered in either primary or lack of security at schools, and urgent measures must be taken to ensure the safety of our learners.
The latest crime statistics clearly indicate that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is reactive, rather than proactive. The SAPS appears to be stuck in a pattern of continually reporting on crime statistics, yet there remains a glaring absence of reporting on action plans to address and eradicate these crimes.
South Africa needs less reporting, and more practical programmes of action that deliver results – particularly when it comes to the safety and security of our citizens.
Hon. Z Majozi, MP
IFP Member on Police
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