Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has signed the proclamation of the remaining sections of the Community Safety Act that will pave the way for the provincial government to receive quarterly crime statistics.
The move will allow Community Safety MEC Dan Plato to promulgate the final regulations that will enable more frequent statistics to be released.
According to Plato, the final regulations, which have received the full support of the South African Police Service, will take effect next month.
This means the Western Cape will get its first batch of stats, from October 1 to December 31, at the end of January next year, reports Cape Argus.
“This is a victory for every person living in the Western Cape,” said Plato, adding that it would enable cops to better plan crimefighting strategies.
Despite a national cabinet decision taken in June that crime statistics be released quarterly, the rest of the country was still unclear as to when this would be implemented, he said.
The release of the 2015 crime stats was, by police’s own admission, riddled with “discrepancies” which showed a nil return for crime categories at stations.
“Crime stats should not belong only to the police but should be used to inform the public of risks in their communities and empower strategic action from the entire safety fraternity,” he added.