Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele, said the African National Congress (ANC) only spent R1500 on protecting ordinary South Africans from crime, even though more South Africans were being murdered every day.
Mbhele said the failure of the South African Police to combat crime extended well beyond the availability of resources, adding that the priorities of the South African government were terribly skewed and that ordinary citizens were paying the ultimate price for that.
“The release of the annual crime statistics for 2017/18 today is a devasting reminder of how the ANC government is losing the battle to keep South Africans safe,” said Mbhele on Tuesday.
“Given that the ANC spends an average of R9.1-million to protect one VIP but only R1 500 per South African resident, reveals that their skewed priorities are crippling the fight against the unacceptably high levels of crime in the county,” added Mbhele.
“It means that the ANC government is more interested in executive elite protection and comfort over the safety of our communities.”
Among the key revelations during the crime statistics announcement were the following:
– Murder has increased by 6.9 percent or by four more people per day.
– Rape has increased by 0.5 percent, or by seven more people per day.
– Residential burglaries have decreased by 7.5 percent. This still means that 625 homes are burgled every day in South Africa.
– Cash-in-transit heists have increased by 56.6 percent.
“We know that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is severely under-resourced, under-staffed, under-trained and under-equipped. The fact that the ANC spends R9.1 million to protect just one VIP but only R1 500 per South African means that there is money available to give the SAPS what they need to fight crime.
“It is the ANC’s inability to put the people of South Africa first which means that citizens are not and do not feel safe in their homes and in the streets.”