FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 300
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 02 MARCH 2001
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 91
Ms Annelizé Van Wyk (UDM) to ask the Minister for Safety and Security:
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(ii) This information is not available prior to 2000. Subsequent to the department of Safety and Security’s policy regarding the release of crime statistics, the only crime statistics that can be provided are up to December 1999. No crime statistics will be released for the period commencing on 01 January 2000, until the moratorium has been lifted.
(b)(i) + (ii) To obtain this information, faxes will have to be sent to all police stations country-wide in an effort to determine whether such information may possibly be available at that level, thereby placing an extra burden on limited manpower and financial resources. Members will in such a case have to be withdrawn from other duties and specially allocated to peruse dockets and registers.
Even if returns are received after such an exercise, no way exists of verifying the resultant information without physical inspection at all the stations.
(2) + (3) The Crime Management Information System does not make provision for the number of persons arrested or convicted, but only for the number of cases referred to court. Since 1996, provision has also made for the number of cases with a guilty verdict in court. It, however has, to be borne in mind that the cases referred to court or cases with a guilty -verdict, are not necessarily cases which were reported during that specific period.