"Is it good enough to promise over 1 in 3 serious crimes detected"

The South African Police Services tabled its 2017/18 annual performance plan in Parliament. The plan is aimed to specify Saps's targets and strategies for the year.

Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick chatted to 702's Gugulethu Mhlungu on NightTalk about the report.

Merton says she went through the document presented in Parliament, which she says is written in a technocratic kind of language, and outlined some of the problematic areas.

She raises concerns about the Saps target for detection of serious crime which is pegged at 37%. For 2016/17 the same target was 38% and she questions why are they setting themselves a lower target.

If you look at these targets, that should not only be interrogated by MPs but also by us as citizens. Is it really good enough to promise over 1 in 3 serious crimes detected? Shouldn't we be pushing for more...

Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick

According to Merten, the document also specifies what the Saps plan is regarding public order policing. She says a budget of R242 million has been made available specifically for public order policing.

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