Phahlane: Crime decreased over festive season

Acting top cop Khomotso Phahlane held a briefing on the police's holiday period operations implemented across the country last year.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says that overall, levels of crime decreased over the 2016 festive season compared to previous years.

Phahlane and Minister Nathi Nhleko have held a briefing on the police's holiday period operations which saw the additional deployment officers across the country.

The lieutenant general says that there have been significant decreases in serious crimes.

“Contact crime was reduced by 5.3%, contact related crime reduced by 5.4%, property related crimes reduced by 2.2%, other serious crimes reduced by 5.3%.”

He adds: “We attribute to high visibility, targeted deployments and operations, intelligence driven operations, effective coordination of all stakeholders and hands on command and control by respective senior managers.”

While Minister Nhleko says extensive operations were conducted.

“We arrested 83, 4769 persons.”

Nhleko praised the 5,000 new constables deployed to malls across the country.

(Edited by Neo Koza)