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