The Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula and the South African Police Service wants you to help identify‚ locate and catch them‚ but they cannot or will not provide details on who the country’s most violent criminals are.
Police inefficiency and corruption has become a worrisome issue in South Africa with many SA citizens saying they will never trust the police with their lives and properties again.
Despite repeated requests over nearly three months for the photographs and details of South Africa’s most wanted criminals‚ police have failed to respond.
Brigadier Vish Naidoo, Police spokesman said in April that some of the information which he had been provided by the SAPS national detective services was “inadequate”.
He could not explain why those at the detective services had only provided limited information‚ which included photographs of some suspects‚ but no details of their crimes‚ or names but no photographs.
SA police are searching for one South African internationals. There are six South African citizens wanted by other countries.
A search of the police website reveals that there are just under 100 people who are wanted for various crimes across South Africa. These crimes range from fraud to bribery‚ possession of stolen property and murder.
Limpopo‚ North West and KwaZulu-Natal police said they would refer queries about the province’s most wanted criminals to the police ministry.
Gauteng provincial police were only able to provide one photograph‚ and information about the crimes the suspect allegedly committed.
The Western Cape‚ Eastern Cape‚ Northern Cape‚ Mpumalanga and Free State police officials failed to respond to queries.
Unisa criminologist‚ Professor Rudolph Zinn‚ said he could not think of a reason why the police would not want to share such information.
“Worldwide the basis of successful policing is based on the relationship between the police and the community. The police will be able to get information about wanted suspects if the community knows who they are looking for.”
Minister of Police, urged all concerned citizens to come forward with information that will lead to the arrest of these individuals.
The minister said;
”Help us apprehend these criminals, and we can all give you a better South Africa.”