A study by the Western Cape community safety department has revealed some shocking figures, showing why the province seems to be losing its fight against violent and gang-related crime.
Nearly half – 45.8% – of Western Cape detectives have not received even basic training, while over 90% have had no specialised training.
Speaking to 702 Radio, MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz said, “Of the 875 cases monitored during the assessment, 380 dockets just did not arrive at court – this is completely unacceptable.”
When dockets are received, they are often incomplete, leading to cases being struck off the roll.
“Eventually, in some of the very serious crimes, like gangsterism, they only get a 2% conviction”, said Fritz