Today’s Crime Stats release for the first quarter of 2022 shows that murders continue to decline in those areas where the provincial government and the city of Cape Town are deploying LEAP officers, while murders continue to rise alarmingly nationwide.
These localized declines in violent crime that we are intervening in are proof positive that the model of more police powers at the provincial and local levels is working.
The station-level statistics reveal something very significant: in the top 30 killing stations in the country, every station (except one in KZN) where killings occur is a LEAP deployment area.
Statistics for individual areas are equally encouraging: Mitchells Plain: a 42.9% decrease in murders Kraaifontein: a 16.4% decrease in murders Khayelitsha: a 14.3% decrease in murders, dropped out of the top 10 and now dropped to number 16.
Harare: a 13.8% decrease in murders While there is much more to be done, and there is still too much violent crime, these statistics show encouraging progress in favor of more police power for provinces and cities .
That is why we have asked Minister Bheki Cele to (1) empower the local Metropolitan Police and law enforcement officers with full investigative and crime-fighting powers, and (2) devolve the management of SAPS.
Today’s statistics show that this should continue, and the Minister should not stand in the way of this happening.