An increase in armed-robbery, theft, car-jackings, attempted break-ins, shootings, muggings and murder has left South Africa in a precarious position, especially given the high unemployment and rate.
Community policing forums along with private security companies and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have worked together to apprehend suspects in suburbs all over the country, however it remains unclear whether the government will be able to get the desperation level and rampant crime under control.
The crime statistics released by the SAPS for Oct – Dec 2020 showed alarming increases, and it is expected that the first quarter of 2021 will show further increases in certain categories given that for the whole first quarter South Africa was in lockdown level 1.
Important issues around crime were discussed in the below “Inside Track” episode
Is the politicization of rural killings robbing the people of the policing they need?
Can the DNA backlog be sorted out so serious criminals can be served justice?
“Gruesome crimes in rural communities and farms are on the rise across the country while South African Police Service (SAPS) capacity remains wholly inadequate. This week we discuss how measures such as the DA Court Watching Brief Units keep a close eye on investigations to ensure that justice is served; and how the DA would tackle rural safety in national government.
On this episode of The Inside Track, DA National Spokesperson, Siviwe Gwarube, is joined by DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Annette Steyn; Head of the DA’s Court Watching Briefs Unit, Dr Ivan Meyer; Member of the KZN Provincial Parliament, Chris Pappas; and DA Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield.”