by Melinda Hattingh – DA Spokesperson of Transport, Safety & Liaison
Date: 24 October 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA is deeply disappointed but not surprised by the increase in different categories of robbery in the Northern Cape, revealed in the national crime statistics that were released today.
Previously, people liked to escape big city life for the calmer and safer living environment offered by the rural Northern Cape. In the past 10 years, however, we have experienced an almost constant upward trend in the number of robberies and burglaries at both residential and non-residential properties. In other words, the safety of Northern Cape residents and their possessions is increasingly at risk.
To a large extent, mounting crime levels in this province are due to the chronic under-training, under-staffing, under-resourcing and under-equipping (the four Us) of the South African Police Service (SAPS). In effect, SAPS is particularly unable to tackle organised crime and the syndicates who drive it.
This is deeply worrying for the Northern Cape, which has become a prime target for syndicates from other provinces, who visit Kimberley and its surrounding towns on crime sprees, taking advantage of the more relaxed nature of the province.
Those who can afford it have put up devils fork fencing and installed alarm systems and electric fences whilst those who cannot, sleep with their doors and windows barricaded. Locals also keep the emergency numbers of community safety groups and private security companies on their short-dial lists instead of the 10111 number of SAPS.
Drastic measures by residents to fend off crime in their homes and businesses highlight the extent of their fear of crime and their lack of faith in the police.
Well-coordinated and urgent efforts by SAPS are urgently required if the police are ever to take back their hold on crime. We need more police officers, better training and additional vehicles in the Northern Cape. Without these basic crime fighting tools, crime will continue to destroy the freedoms which South Africans deserve.
DA Spokesperson of Transport, Safety & Liaison
082 494 6648
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387