OVERVIEW: 'We haven't reached a state of lawlessness' in SA - Cele on 2017/2018 #CrimeStats
The briefing wraps up.
#CrimeStats Sitole talking now about train crimes. "We discovered these are not all arson. Some of them are just pure crime that was committed." He says authorities are working collectively and they are doing a root cause analysis. @TeamNews24— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) September 11, 2018
Sitole: "If we get any report from any woman, or any community, that a woman was not assisted, in terms of the SAPS disciplinary code, that is a serious
Sitole says there are already several instances where action has been taken in matters like these.
On a question of whether or not the country has descended into "lawlessness", Cele responds with an emphatic no.
#CrimeStats Cele: I cannot guarantee that sexual offences stats are less because those crimes are less or because less people are reporting We need to put more trained women in our units who would understand these crimes when victims report at stations. @TeamNews24— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) September 11, 2018
#CrimeStats Cele is asked about police officers complaining they cannot respond to crimes because of narrow streets+darkness etc. He says: in the Western Cape, it is called environmental design. "Build those toilets and stop calling the army". @TeamNews24— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) September 11, 2018
Cele: "Somebody had a mission of making sure that Hawks are not Hawks... just to make sure that he's got a big pair of scissors to cut all the wings."
"So he's busy putting those wings back," Cele says of the new Hawks head. "And we will not, together, hesitate to do that."
Cele says if they need to act, they will act.
#CrimeStats Cele: I don't want to ask who dropped the ball. We must pick up the ball. For me, that is most important. "I am putting all these heads on the block," he says, pointing to police commissioner and other top officials. @TeamNews24— Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) September 11, 2018
"We are here, and we make sure that we dismantle that," Cele says in response to a question of whether or not a culture of impunity exists among criminals because they see high-level politicians getting away with
Cele mentions the recent arrests in KwaZulu-Natal, including that of an ANC
Cele on the issue of police using force.
Cele says the government security cluster has not met for the last two years. Says he's not sure
Cele and Sitole now fielding questions from members of the media.
[STATEMENT] "The IFP reiterates its call on the Joint Constitutional Review Committee to table our request for a debate on the reinstatement of capital punishment. Our people desperately seek solutions!" - Narend Singh MP #CrimeStats— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) September 11, 2018
The increasing rate of violent crimes in our country begs the question if our current tactical, strategic and prevention systems are enough to deter crime. The IFP believes that a national dialogue must be had around prevention. - Narend Singh MP#CrimeStats— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) September 11, 2018
[STATEMENT] "An average of 55 people are killed daily, 391 per week, 1564 per month and 20 336 per year. Of these murders, 3915 were women and children." - Narend Singh MP #CrimeStats— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) September 11, 2018
[STATEMENT] "The deplorable state of crime in our country, particularly in regards to the murder rate is reason enough to get South Africans talking about the reinstatement of the capital punishment" - Narend Singh MP #CrimeStats #Justice— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) September 11, 2018
Sekhukhune now going through and discussing some of the numbers in the slides again.
"In terms of sexual