A FRONT page article in yesterday’s Tribune revealing that only one in 20 murders ends in conviction contained the subtitle: “Report contradicts police claims on ‘solved’ crimes”.

The police have taken issue with this statement, noting that in police terms a solved murder is one in which a suspect has been arrested and charged. As such, it is a separate category to convictions.

Police also emphasised that the IDB report in question does not single out faulty police investigations as responsible for the poor arrest-to-conviction ratio.

Rather, in accordance with its mandate, the document goes on to discuss shortcomings in the judicial system.


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