Criminals and some police officers were refusing to have their DNA samples taken, Parliament heard on Wednesday. The National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board, also known as the DNA board, gave its annual progress report to Parliament’s police committee. And it would appear the board has other unexpected issues – part of their budget last year was used to fight xenophobic attacks – without their approval, they now claim.
Criminals have an iron grip on South African society, with statistics showing that we rank among the world’s worst when it comes to murder. The reality and atrocity of criminal behaviour is often lost or watered down by the sheer of volume of crime committed on a daily basis – through statistics. The South African Police Service has, however, shared a number of sobering images of the weapons it has already confiscated in the country in 2016, as a reminder.
Insurance companies have warned consumers of a new trend where criminals allegedly target areas affected by load shedding, knowing alarms and other security features will not be active. The companies said this was just one of many problems facing insurers as load shedding continues. Consumers are also complaining that appliances such as microwaves, TVs and cellphones burn out as a result of power surges when electricity is finally restored.
The South African Police Service is rife with hardened criminals, murderers, rapists and hijackers. This is according to the SA Institute of Race Relations new report, The wolf guards the sheep, which was released yesterday. In the report researchers warn that the situation of police criminality is so severe that women driving alone at night have reason to fear seeing blue lights in their rear-view mirrors.
Telkom has warned of criminals posing as its technicians to get into people’s homes Criminals intent on stealing valuables from homes and offices are attempting to gain entry into premises by posing as Telkom technicians. This is according to Jacqui O’Sullivan, Telkom Managing Executive for Corporate Communication, who said that the evolving modus operandi of the suspected criminals is of great concern.
Involvement of police officers in criminal activities is cause for concern in Gauteng, premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. Releasing the 2012/13 provincial crime statistics in Johannesburg, Mokonyane said a number of law enforcement officers were evidently involved in crime. “A worrisome statistic shows that 18 out of 50 provincial policing precincts were reported as crime-infested dens that recorded police collusion and outright corruption,” she said.
Around 63 240 offenders are serving their sentences outside prisons, the correctional services department has announced. Of this number, 48 323 were out on parole, and 14 917 were probationers (convicted offenders serving non-custodial sentences), Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele said in a statement. He called on the public to help re-integrate paroled and released offenders into society as law-abiding citizens.