Police Minister Nhleko to release SA crime stats tomorrow

He will provide details about the incidence of various categories of crimes at Parliament tomorrow.

FILE: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is set to release the annual crime statistics at Parliament tomorrow.

Nhleko will appear before Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee in the morning to provide details about the incidence of various categories of crimes between 1 April, 2015 and the end of March this year.

He will then brief the media at 1pm.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says while it's hoping that the annual crime statistics to be released tomorrow will buck the trend, it expects to see an increase in the level of crime.

The DA's spokesperson on police, Zakhele Mbhele, says South African Police Service (Saps) members are under-resourced, under-trained, under-equipped and under-staffed.

"These stats are almost entirely for the period both under (suspended National Police Commissioner) Riah Phiyega and also an outcome of that decade of chronic neglect."

Mbhele says Acting National Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane inspires more confidence than his suspended predecessor, Phiyega as he is a career policeman.

Last year, there was an increase in the incidence of 16 of the 26 crime categories for which data was collected, including murder, vehicle hijackings, robberies and drug-related offences.