Saps Fight Stats, Not Crime

One example recounted involved an incident when a resident of Khayelitsha was robbed by young men carrying firearms. They took his cellphone and wallet. When he went to the Site B police station, the officers said that they could not open a case as the victim was unable to identify the perpetrators and did not know the serial number of his cellphone.

Seimela said this was clearly an incident of robbery with a firearm. He suggested that the officers were reluctant to open a case because it would negatively affect their crime statistics.