Five million. Or 5,428,631, to be exact. That’s how many police dockets were closed without being resolved over the past five years due to a lack of leads.

It’s a staggering statistic, rendered in response to a parliamentary question from the DA’s Ockert Terblanche and first reported by News24. As the DA’s Andrew Whitfield points out, “it means that almost 3,000 cases are closed daily by the SAPS [South African Police Service] without victims of crime ever receiving justice”...

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