#CrimeStats: Mbalula doesn't understand the danger of guns - Gun Free SA

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McGluwa says one of the problems faced nationally, as well as provincially, is that it seems the SAPS are there to serve politicians and not the people of South Africa.

It warned the residents to expect a further increase in violent crimes.

Afriforum said this indicated the current murder rate for 2016/2017 totals is 19 016.

The statistics saw an overall drop in crime by 1.8% but saw murder, attempted murder and aggrevated robbery increase.

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Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery and vehicle theft were all also down. He cautioned that he was aware that crime involves high emotions and that the statistics should not be seen just as pure numbers.

"Up until now, Mbalula has brought about no change since he was appointed in his post and people are increasingly feeling unsafe in South Africa".

"When I send a message to these violent criminals that "bazowuchama bawuphuze", I seriously mean it and I am communicating in the language that these violent men who rape and murder would understand".

The annual crime statistics painted a different picture.

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The statistics detail the number of cases reported for various crimes at all the stations across the country.

DA MP Zakhele Mbhele said the alarming crime figures were worsened by factors including "chronic undertraining, under-staffing, underresourcing and underequipping".

South African Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday made it clear there was no time to waste when it came to the fight against crime.

"Their exploits will be matched with a proportional response to the nature of the violence they dish out", he said.

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"In essence, the statistics that matter, if we are to restore public confidence and trust in our police, are those of resolving reported crimes".

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