KZN citizens kept in the dark as SAPS renege on issuing fourth quarter crime statistics

Issued by Sithembiso Ngema, MPL – DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
20 May 2024 in Press Statements

SAPS Minister, Bheki Cele’s failure to release the fourth quarter crime statistics for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is an indictment against an ANC-run government that is running scared ahead of the 29 May high stakes election.

The information – due to be released on Friday last week – failed to appear despite a crime statistics calendar issued last year by SAPS. To date, all of the release dates have been adhered to, until now.

The timing – just days before the 29 May election – begs the question: What is the Minister hiding?

One can only assume that the failure to release this critical information was to avoid embarrassment as KZN’s people remain victims of violent crime while the state fails to protect them.

The upward trajectory of serious crime over several years points to the fourth quarter crime statistics following this trend – which is why the Minister is running scared.

KZN’s people have a right to know whether SAPS interventions are having any effect on crime in our province in order to make decisions about their personal safety.

The DA has a plan to rescue KZN’s people from violent crime. On 29 May they will have the opportunity to vote for a safer province.