Captain Zwane's Response to Crime is Unfortunate

05 August July 2013    



The IFP has labelled as insensitive and unfortunate the reaction of SAPS Spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane who dismissed crime statistics released by Blue Security Company as unreliable.


The party said the SAPS Spokesperson should have acknowledged the existence of crime and given hope to the victims that the police will up a gear to ensure its eradication rather than simple dismissing the statistics as though they do not refer to human beings who have been victimised by criminals.


IFP’s Deputy National Spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said this in today’s statement when he reacted to a report in today’s Sunday Tribune where Blue Security Director, Henk van Benmelen reported that his company had noted a 136% increase in the number of armed robberies between January and June 2013 in areas such as Umhlanga, Durban North, Berea, Westville, Pinetown, Kloof, Hillcrest, Assagay and Amanzimtoti. This view was supported by Enforce operations director Anthony Feuilherade as well as by the Institute for Security Studies. Captain Zwane however dismissed the statistics as unreliable “because the process involved in gathering the statistics could not be vetted.”


Mazibuko said; “it is very unfortunate and insensitive of SAPS Spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane to simply dismiss crime statistics just because they are not from the SAPS. We would have expected a representative of a law-enforcement agency to acknowledge the existence of crime, sympathise with and give hope to the victims and assure them that the police will up a gear to ensure its eradication, instead of dismissing statistics as though they do not refer to human beings who have fallen victim to crime.”



“These unfortunate statistics bring the message home to all citizens that this government has in fact lost the fight against crime and no one must ever hope that something better will happen in future as long as the ANC is in power,” he concluded.



For Further Information:

M. Joshua Mazibuko

IFP Deputy National Spokesperson: 083 992 6135