Does SAPS maintain farm murder stats – or not?

Police Minister Mthethwa contradicts himself about Farm Attack statistics:  does the SAPS maintain farm-murder statistics – or not?

On March 29, 2011 in parliament, in replies to written questions from DA-parliamentarian M M Swathe, police minister Nati Mthethwa said that ‘the statistics on farm murders are not available on the case administration system of the SAPS. Cases of murder are not listed seperately based on where they occur…’murder is considered murder whether in rural areas or urban areas…’  http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=228504&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389 .

  • Which raises the question: where exactly did he get his stats from when he claimed that there had been ‘twelve murders on farms and smallholdings from December 2010 to (March 13 2011)? …

March 13 2011 Mthethwa: ‘There were twelve murders on farms and smallholdings… recorded by SAPS…

However his March 29 statement directly contradicts his previous statement on March 13 2011, also in Parliament –  when he said that “from December 2010 to date (March 13 2011) there had been twelve murders on farms and smallholding recorded by the SAPS” – and also adding considerable details showing that they took their ‘crime intelligence on  rural crime’ very seriously. http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=226064&sn=Detail&pid=71656.

ANC POLICE MINISTER; NO RECORDS KEPT ON FARM MURDERS PROGRESS RATES BY SAPS MARCH292011

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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