E-docketing will curb corruption - Mthethwa

The Minister of Police is confident an e-docketing system will improve the rate of convictions.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Friday said he was confident a new electronic docketing system of handling cases would improve the rate of convictions.

The minister was speaking to Talk Radio 702, a day after releasing crime statistics for the 2011/2012 financial year in Parliament.

The latest crime figures show a slight decrease in the overall murder rate, and house robberies have also dipped.

The numbers of ATM bombings and bank robberies have decreased, but the number of business robberies has taken a hike.

Mthethwa strongly believes technology will improve the conviction rate by minimising corruption at police stations.

"From the e-docketing point-of-view, there is a pilot project in a number of police stations - [but] it hasn't been rolled out.

"It's the best way of fighting crime, and fighting it smartly. That is why we have emphasised the issue of technology and ICT in general."