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'Police need aggressive campaign to counter negative media'

The ANC says an aggressive media campaign may possibly counter negative media reports.

The ANC says an aggressive media campaign may possibly counter negative media reports. Picture: Free Images.com

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has said that while violent crime must be effectively combated, an aggressive media campaign by the police may be necessary to counter negative media reporting on the issue.

It also said that the current practice of only releasing crime statistics once a year may prevent efficient intervention in crime hotspots.

The claims are contained in the party's policy documents that have been published ahead of its National General Council in October.

In the papers, the ANC said that to transform negative perceptions around personal safety, violent crime must be effectively and efficiently combated.

The party also said that as the police only release crime statistics once a year, it is not possible to properly plan interventions when crime spikes in certain areas.

The documents also refer to plans to integrate the Metro Police forces around the country into the National Police Service, but those are likely to be opposed by the City of Cape Town.

There's also no mention in the documents of the National Prosecuting Authority or the controversy around it.