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Police restructuring to impact on crime stats?

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and top cop Khomotso Phahlane will release the crime figures in Parliament.

Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko during a media briefing at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - While Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is expected to release the annual crime statistics today, it's unlikely the newly appointed acting national commissioner restructuring and back-to-basics programme would have had any effect on them.

Nhleko and Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane will release the figures for the year ending in March in Parliament this afternoon.

Phahlane, who was appointed in October, has restructured the top echelons of the service.

The Institute for Security Studies' Gareth Newham says Phahlane has appointed a range of new senior police officers since October last year.

"There's quite a new contingent of senior managers that went into those portfolios last year and I think they will bring a new perspective and a new set of eyes to this in how to take things forward."

He says while Phahlane's back-to-basics programme may not reflect in the numbers, it may be evident in the way his team assess the statistics.

"We're looking forward to hearing what the police will be doing differently in response to what they see crimes issues that need to be given priority."

The statistics are scheduled to be released at one o clock this afternoon.