MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


IFP: NO TIME TO GO WOBBLY ON CRIME

September 21, 2005

The IFP welcomes the modest drop in crime, as cited by the freshly released statistics from the Minister of Safety and Security and the South African Police Service (SAPS) but, at the same time, urges the government to stay alert.

"This is no time to go wobbly on crime," said IFP spokesperson on safety and security, Velaphi Ndlovu MP. "We are naturally pleased with the drop in crime levels but we do not want criminals to misinterpret the government's over joy and complacency."

The latest statistics reveal an average drop of 5% to 6% in most categories of crime, but also show increases in others, such as drug-related crimes.

Ndlovu also said:

"The drop is essentially good news. Sometimes trends are more important than figures and decrease is a significant indicator for the future. South Africa needs some good news.

"At the same time, the IFP does not believe this decrease is radical enough to draw a great deal of positive response from overseas investors and visitors to our country. We must do better than that. Perception about South Africa as the world's crime capital still sticks, not least concerning the recent series of murders in the Western Cape.

"It is for this reason that we must not ignore the odd increases in the generally falling crime statistics, such as in drug-related crime. The danger of South Africa becoming an international drug haven is real."

Contact: Velaphi Ndlovu, 083 625 0803