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Mbalula to release latest crime stats in Parly

It's the first time that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula will be presenting the statistics since his appointment to the portfolio during a Cabinet reshuffle in March.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula will release the latest crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday.

The figures, released annually, provide an overview of crimes that have been reported to the police.

It's the first time that Mbalula will be presenting the statistics since his appointment to the portfolio during a Cabinet reshuffle in March.

The soon-to-be-released crime statistics predate Mbalula’s tenure.

Last year's figures revealed that murder went up by 4.9% compared to the 2014/2015 period.

There were nearly 34 murders recorded per 100,000 people in the country.

Mbalula talks tough on crime.

Known to shoot from the hip, he is on record telling the police's Tactical Response Team to “crush balls” when dealing with hardened criminals.

He also wants to deploy the army in some of the most dangerous parts of the country.

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