AFTER the release of the national crime statistics in Pretoria, both the Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and SAPS commissioner Riah Phiyega were at great pains to point out everything was under control when it came to fighting crime in our country.
That assurance will come as scant relief for the thousands of our citizens who are targeted by criminals on a daily basis or have lost loved ones at the hands of criminal thugs.
It is clear both Mthethwa and Phiyega are in complete denial about the real situation on the ground.
Their vehemence, however, does beg the following question: if we are all as safe as they would have us believe then why does every ANC minister need to be surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards and blue light convoys wherever they go?
It also makes a mockery of the millions of taxpayer rands spent on security upgrades at ministerial houses (including the massive wall at Mthethwa's private home).
Perhaps if these ministerial bigwigs were forced to live their lives exposed to the real world of crime and criminality like ordinary South Africans they would take a more realistic and proactive view on the situation.
Maybe then we would see some real action taken to tackle the scourge of criminality in our country.
John Steenhuisen MP, Democratic Alliance