South Africa’s law enforcement agencies are integrating technology, including drones, to combat crime in the country.
According to the latest statistics from the South African Police Service (SAPS), more than 6,200 people were murdered between January and March 2023—an average of about 70 murders a day. In the same time period, 10,500 cases of rape were also recorded, an average of 116 cases a day.
With such high figures being recorded while other preventive measures not having the most effects in curbing crime, the SAPS seem to be willing to embrace technology as a solution.
Speaking at the presentation of the crime statistics, minister of police Bheki Cele stated that law enforcement would henceforth be incorporating numerous technologies to tackle the problem of crime in South Africa. Among the technologies touted by Cele include the use of drones as well as the use of highly specialised teams “who will be trained further at provincial and district level, to…