Beating crime

Without prejudging the case, allegations that former Orlando Pirates striker Mandla Sithole stabbed and killed acquaintance Thulani Ndlovu, confirm what police statisticians repeat each time they release crime statistics.

Without prejudging the case, allegations that former Orlando Pirates striker Mandla Sithole stabbed and killed acquaintance Thulani Ndlovu, confirm what police statisticians repeat each time they release crime statistics.

Each year the minister of police and the national police commissioner have to tell us that most violent contact crimes, such as murder and assault, happen between people who know each other.

They say that in many such cases the victim and perpetrator had been drinking together.

The latter fact has not been reported in the Sithole case.

This suggests that reducing the number of murders and assault cases reported is largely in our hands.

This is not to absolve the state from its duty to provide safety and security to all, but rather a call for each of us to do our bit before we call the police useless on account of the number of murders and assault cases reported.

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