Gauteng police show monthly crime stats possible and “auditing” questionable

John Moodey MPL

Provincial Leader

Information supplied to the DA by Gauteng police show that monthly crime statistics are possible and raises concerns about the purpose of the “auditing” process.

In a formal reply to my question Gauteng police could already give “unaudited” crime statistics for 11 months of the 2012/13 financial year in the first week of April. The information is available here.

The official statistics were only released by the Police Minister and National Police Commissioner last week – six months later after “auditing”.

There is no reason for an 6 – 18 month delay in making crime statistics available, unless the auditing purpose involves more nefarious political interfering, or worse, cooking the books.

The DA maintains that crime statistics can and must be made available far more regularly and right at the station level.

I will question Gauteng police further on why this is not being done, as it is clearly possible, and what the purpose and process of auditing entails.

Residents of Gauteng have the right to know about the levels of criminal activity in their area on an on-going basis to assist them to make informed decisions to protect themselves, their families and their property and businesses.

The 18 month long veil of secrecy and mysterious hand of “auditing” hovering over crime stats undermine efforts to combat crime and threaten the safety and security of the people of Gauteng.