n SA Crime Quarterly - Editorial

Volume 2012, Issue 42
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



Each year there is a brief, but intense period during which South Africans very publicly assess the state of crime in the country. This period of reflection is brought about by the annual release of the police crime statistics. In 2012 the SAPS and the Minister of Police faced intense criticism. There were allegations (as there have been in the past) that the statistics are an inaccurate reflection of the state of crime; but, more importantly, the Minister was criticised for the infrequency of the availability of police crime data. By the time the statistics for the financial year are announced in September of the following year, the figures are, at best, six months out of date.

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