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12 September 2019

South Africa: How Useful Are Police Crime Stats? Here’s What We Can Expect From This Year’s Figures

Crime will be a much-discussed topic on Thursday when the South African Police Service (SAPS) briefs the Portfolio Committee on Police (PCOP) on the 2018/2019 annual crime statistics.

Police Minister General Bheki Cele is expected to brief the nation on the crime picture for the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

These statistics are fairly accurate, crime analysts say, as they are based on every crime reported at every police station in South Africa.

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