SAPS losing fight against crime – Mpumalanga’s crime on increase

A mere two months after President Jacob Zuma established  two additional specialised crime units within the Hawks to deal with drugs and illegal guns in the Western Cape and other provinces, a senior member of this organisation admitted they are “losing the war.” According to reports no arrests, convictions or confiscations were made during this period.

Chairperson of the portfolio committee on police Francois Beukman was aghast at the statement and said it was unacceptable no results were yielded.

Beukman said there was a spike in serious crime in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga. “We can never accept that crime can win. If there is a crime problem in a certain field then there must be strategies. Beukman said staffing issues were mentioned as part of the reason but believed there were men and women that could do the job.

Senior crime and justice programme researcher at the Institute for Security Studies Johan Burger agreed that when looking at the number of killings, the police is  losing the fight against crime. Burger said there has been a dramatic upsurge in various crimes.

Burger said the solution was appointing a capable and reliable commissioner. “The police appoint one acting head after the other and crime intelligence in the past few years has become almost ineffective. We have seen a lot of instability in appointments.”

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Mulaudzi Hangwani said it was evident there were shortfalls in service delivery that required a rethink in policing strategies.(News by IOL/edited by AlexRose-Innes.)