SHOW OF FORCE: Transport, safety and liaison MEC Patrick Mabilo says an iron-fisted approach to crime is necessary. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
The Northern Cape government says that, despite having won much of the war on crime, it is still struggling to bring rape statistics under control.
Transport, safety and liaison MEC Patrick Mabilo said an iron-fisted approach was necessary and the province needed to go back to basics and get all stakeholders together to chart a way forward.
He said a rape summit would be held in three months' time to determine how best to deal with the high rate of rape in the province. "The last summit was in 1999, and we haven't improved since then," Mabilo said.
His comments came in the wake of the release of research findings by the South Africa Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) last week, showing that the Northern Cape had the largest proportion of households who see uniformed or working police officers at least once a day at 55%.
The Northern Cape is placed third after Gauteng at 59%, and the Western Cape with 63% in terms of visible policing in the country.
Mabilo said the strategy was working well in the province with a decline in contact crimes but there was still a long way to go: "We still need to work hard in dropping the number of rape incidents in the province, most of the rape incidents are still coming from this province.
The DA provincial leader, Andrew Louw, said there could be no denying that a highly visible police presence served as a deterrent to criminals.