Police shouldn't handle crime stats - DA

The DA said an independent body should handle the crime statistics of SA.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the announcement of the 2011/2012 crime statistics. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday it will be calling on parliament to establish an ad-hoc committee to determine the validity of crime statistics.

The crime figures for 2011/2012 were released in parliament by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega last week.

It showed an overall drop in contact crimes.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) Diane Kohler-Barnard said the crime statistics were outdated, did not provide an accurate picture of reality and were open to manipulation.

"We should be looking at real-time crime statistics being provided at stations level. We should be looking at so much more than we currently are. We're stuck in an old fashioned paradigm that the minister doesn't seem able to break out of."

She wants parliament to decide whether the current process of collecting and collating information is working.

Kohler-Barnard has proposed that an independent body be established to handle crime figures.

She said information about crime trends should be available to the public at every police station.