Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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6 minute read
5 Sep 2021
5:50 am

SA’s Crime Intelligence crisis: Billions more paid for only 1% of the work

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The number of Crime Intelligence network operations aimed at organised crime dropped from nearly 50 000 to just under 700 within 10 years.

Crime intelligence Florida Police Station officers,Florida Community Policing Forum, neighbourhood watches, private security companies on a Joint Disruptive Operation "Ratel" at Florida, Roodepoort in Johannesburg, 5 August 2021. Operations are weekly and target random hotspots. Discoverers Clinic, park next to Florida Library and areas along Goldman Street identified by crime intelligence, and sections of Fleurhof. One suspect was arrested for carrying unlicensed gun and Phendukas and other illegal mining equipments. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

When was the last time a police Crime Intelligence (CI) operation led to a major bust or prevented a threat to public safety? We might never know, if official data is anything to go by, and according to experts, those instances are becoming fewer and further apart. A report on a recent round-table discussion by experts and members of the intelligence community in South Africa shows the rapid deterioration of functionality and productivity at the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Crime Intelligence division. The report by the Inclusive Society Institute. shows that despite CI receiving a larger and larger share...