Police to publish crime stats quarterly

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pretoria - The South African Police Service (SAPS) will in the near future publish one annual comprehensive report and crime statistics on a quarterly basis, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said.

“The annual comprehensive report will accommodate the changes in crime statistics that may result from quality assurance and changes related to the status of the cases that may take place during the year under consideration,” Minister Radebe said on Thursday.

Briefing reporters following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting, Minister Radebe said the need for frequent statistics will better enable government decision-making to address issues from crime trends.

“This contributes to the National Development Plan pillar, which states that people in South Africa need to contribute to building safer communities,” said the Minister.

Extradition treaty with Botswana

Meanwhile, South Africa will enter into an Amended Treaty on Extradition with the Republic of Botswana, in terms of article 231(1) of the Constitution.

“The aim is for more effective cooperation between South Africa and Botswana so as to facilitate the extradition requests received from Botswana where the death penalty is a possible sentence.

“This underscores that South Africa will not be a safe haven for criminals by providing for the extradition of fugitives and to facilitate the effectiveness of law-enforcement authorities in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime,” said Minister Radebe. - SAnews.gov.za

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