ISS response to SAPS annual statistics release

Date: October 4, 2011
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Commenting on the police statistics, Gareth Newham, head of the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, said “Crime in South Africa keeps going down, for which the police and many communities deserve some credit. But what the statistics don’t reveal is the grim reality of many serious and often hidden crimes such as domestic violence, child abuse, hate crimes and corruption. It is important that the SAPS further improves its method of collecting and reporting on these crime statistics. If better data can be obtained about these crimes, they can be addressed more effectively.”

To begin with releasing gender disaggregated data on domestic violence would help government understand how to intervene. Click here to read more.


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