I have no doubt that the hearts of all South Africans sank when the annual crime statistics were released last week. The rises in rates of murder, sexual offences, attempted murder and assault with grievous bodily harm seem to be unstoppable.

In her response, police portfolio committee chair Tina Joemat-Pettersson said correctly that SA needs to reconsider its approach to fighting crime; new, cutting-edge strategies need to be applied in this life-or-death battle...

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