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YOOSUF—There are a lot of unqualified motorists

The number of road accidents has doubled in the Southern Region for the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Southern Region Police Commissioner, Sladge Yoosuf, announced the statistics during a Regional Executive Committee Meeting held in Blantyre Tuesday.

“In traffic management, we have registered an increase in [the] number of road accidents recorded in the region, having registered 2,277 road accidents in 2019 compared to 1,045 in 2018, representing 118 percentage increase,” he said.

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Yoosuf said the accidents were increasing due among other reasons, unqualified motorists.

Yoosuf said the region recorded a 5.4 percentage increase in criminal cases.

He said they registered 6,267 cases in 2019 against 5,927 in 2018 at the same stage.

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“We cannot rule out the fact that one of the factors that have contributed to crime increase is that of political instability in the country where we have seen demonstrators looting government and private properties,” he said.

Yoosuf said 2,024 criminal cases were carried forward from 2018 to 2019.

He said the region had, so far, prosecuted 3,111 cases, giving a prosecution percentage of 59 percent.

“Although we have secured 2,721 convictions, the prosecution rate attained leaves a lot to be desired. The drawback is on the backlog of cases we are heaping up,” he said.

During the meeting, Limbe Police was named the best performing station in crime management and the station’s Officer-in-Charge, Bob Mtekama, attributed the award to good working relationship between the station and the public.

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