LAW AND ORDER
Rocketing commercial crime at odds with police optimism
The prevalence of crimes against business and white collar crime remains stubbornly high
While the South African Police Service (SAPS) can claim victories in some categories of crime in the country, the prevalence of crimes against business and white collar crime remain stubbornly high, according to the police service’s own statistics. The SAPS released its quarterly crime statistics in Parliament last week, revealing a mixed bag in the fight against crime and high figures on violent crimes, including hijacking, robbery and house robbery. The high commercial crime figures also come as President Jacob Zuma has expressed apprehension at signing the controversial Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill in its current form. Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane announced in 2016 that the SAPS would release crime stats quarterly in order to provide a thorough indication of crime trends throughout the country. According to SAPS crime statistics, cases of burglary at nonresidential premises jumped from 55,793 in April and December of 2015, to 56,461 betwee...