Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane said the gains made in the fight against crime show that police are working hard.
“When we say that we have made progress, sometimes it is not convincing, especially when we talk of … lives being lost… But the downward trend suggests our efforts are making a serious dent in reducing crime,” he said during the release of the crime statistics.
Phahlane said the SAPS will continue to work hard turn the picture despite the profession being a thankless job.
“We remain loyal and committed to the fight against crime.”
Police attributed the success to their “Back to Basics” approach, which requires that police act with integrity, discipline and professionalism.
Other efforts include enhanced police visibility, which implies the presence of more police officers in uniform to minimise the chances of crime being committed.