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Mbalula: Criminals have too many rights

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says that the crime stats have painted a bleak picture and the South African Police Service needs to up its game.

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

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is on Wednesday morning interrogating the latest crime stats in Cape Town.

He’s meeting with police management and other officials following the release of the figures on Tuesday.

Despite decreases in overall serious crimes, murder has gone up by 1.8%. Aggravated robbery increased by 6.4%.

Mbalula says that while South Africa is experiencing rapid population growth the police officers’ numbers are not growing.

“We’ve got police stations and you demand everyday police stations but the numbers don’t match those police stations.”

Mbalula says that the crime stats have painted a bleak picture and the South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to up its game.

He adds a major issue is criminals have too many rights.

“Human rights is not human rights to a person who has chosen to be a criminal.”

The minister has also stressed the importance of working with NGOs and community policing forums to curb crime in.