Crime stats: MEC and Commissioner must come to Legislature to account

In a media release sent to the Kwêvoël on 30 September the DA stated that they have written to the Portfolio Committee Chairperson on Safety, Security and Liaison, Dickson Masemola, to summon Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lt.Gen. Fanie Masemola as well as MEC for Safety, Mapula Mokaba Phukwane to appear before the committee to account for the Limpopo police stations that are failing dismally to protect their communities as violent crime cases are on the rise. Crime statistics released yesterday indicate that police stations such as Seshego, Polokwane, Mankweng, Senwabarwana, Sekhukhune, Apel, Thabazimbi, Alldays and Thohoyandou to name but few, have became a hotspots for murder, housebreaking, arson, sexual offences and assaults.
These stats show that the government and SAPS are failing to capacitate these remote police stations to effectively combat crime. According to the stats, housebreaking has increased rapidly in police stations such as:
Sekhukhune has recorded 59.3% increase (27 to 43 cases)
Seshego is up by 5.1 % (921 to 968 cases)
Polokwane has recorded a 36.5% increase (233 to 318)
Thohoyandou is also up by 50.6% (83 to 125)
Mankweng is up bu 10.1% (864 to 951)
These statistics indicate a crisis epidemic in housebreaking – they are also a sign of the desperation of those who have no economic opportunities.
Crimes such as murder, stock theft and house breaking have been on an upward trend for the past three years due to insufficient police personnel and resources. A police service that is overstretched and under-resourced is making Limpopo a crime-hotspot.
The DA is deeply concerned that Limpopo residents are no longer safe in their own province due to the police’s failure to combat crime. The DA believes that Limpopo needs proper police training, filling of vacancies, disciplined police leadership and specialised units, including rural safety units.
Our vision to all South Africans is to implement policy in support of a police service that is properly equipped, well trained and responds rapidly to any threat to the personal safety of citizens and prevent crime before it occurs.
The DA will demand MEC and Masemola to account for the increase and explain to the Legislature where they are legally accountable, what the exact and detailed plans are to assist these police stations across the province to ensure that crime is brought under control.