"We consider latest crime stats very bad news" - Newham

Today Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced the latest crime stats. Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Violence Prevention at Institute for Security Studies says that they consider the crime stats as very bad news.

Newham says the two most important categories to look at when looking at trends in crime is the murder category and aggravated robberies. This is because these crimes are reported reliably and give an indication on whether police are using their resources properly.

According to Newham, the stats on the other violent crimes are unreliable.

The other violent crime categories like sexual offences and assaults are very unreliable. Most people who fall victim to these crimes do not report them to the police.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Violence Prevention at Institute for Security Studies

Newham says that surveys show that people do not report these crimes because they do not have faith in the police. So when these stats go down, it is not necessarily because they crimes are decreasing.

Read: 2016/2017 crime stats decrease by 1.8%, opposition blames poor management

They are not a measure of the crime going down, they are a measure of people's faith and trust in the police declining, and therefore not reporting. So we don't see anything positive about these crime statistics released today.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Violence Prevention at Institute for Security Studies

Listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : "We consider latest crime stats very bad news" - Newham


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Thousands expected to march in support of Zuma

Thousands expected to march in support of Zuma

Supporters of the former president are expected to march to the Durban High Court on Friday.

NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced on Friday that the state will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

2016/2017 crime stats decrease by 1.8%, opposition blames poor management

2016/2017 crime stats decrease by 1.8%, opposition blames poor management

Mbalula released the annual national crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday.

Police performance plummets despite 50% budget increase - ISS

Police performance plummets despite 50% budget increase - ISS

Corruption Watch and ISS look at policing faces such challenges ahead of Tuesday's release of SA's annual crime stats.

Cape Town: Neighbourhood Safety Teams will target 10 top crime precincts

Cape Town: Neighbourhood Safety Teams will target 10 top crime precincts

Mayco member JP Smith explains the City's plans to beef up the police precincts with the highest murder rate.

National crime prevention strategies fail when they are too broad says expert

National crime prevention strategies fail when they are too broad says expert

Gareth Newham of Institute for Security Studies says crime combat strategies should be tailored at a local level.

Popular articles
[LISTEN]Tempers flare as Eusebius grills SABC's Maroleng about hiring and firing

[LISTEN]Tempers flare as Eusebius grills SABC's Maroleng about hiring and firing

Embattled public broadcaster's new COO, Chris Maroleng tries to defend SABC about Sakina Kamwendo incident.

'White South Africans learning an African language would show respect'

'White South Africans learning an African language would show respect'

A video of a white man speaking fluent TshiVenda went viral, but languages expert Dr Dowling says most black people speak English.

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Government has put plans in place to prevent the Misverstand Dam from running dry in a week's time.

What Hashim Amla's fascinating story illuminates about South African society

What Hashim Amla's fascinating story illuminates about South African society

Writer Niren Tolsi says SA cricketer Hashim Amla is the living embodiment of a nation trying to express itself while healing.

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

She faces ongoing complaints from rivals about having an "unfair advantage" on the track, but how fair is this proposed IAAF rule?

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)