How do I start a criminal case in South Africa

How do I start a criminal case in South Africa?

If you believe you have been a victim of a crime in South Africa and wish to report it to the authorities, this is the process to follow:

Find your nearest police station(click here.) or you can contact the police by dialling 10111 in case of an emergency. Reporting a crime in South Africa is a free service provided by the state and all the necessary documentation will be completed by a police official. A case docket will be opened and the crime will be investigated, effect the arrest of suspects and present the case to the courts for prosecution.

Call the police to a Crime scene

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  • If you want the police to respond to the crime site, they will obtain a statement from you and any witnesses if available.
  • At the police station, the officer will enter the case into the SAPS Crime Administration System (CAS).
  • The complainant will be given a CAS number through SMS or phone, which must be saved for future inquiries about the criminal case.

Visiting the local police station to open a case

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  • If you go to the local police station to report a crime, a police representative will meet with you in the Community Service Centre.
  • The officer will question you first and then collect your statement.
  • The reported offence will be filed with the CAS.
  • You will be issued a CAS number, which you must use for all inquiries about the reported criminal case.
  • The finished case docket is assigned to a police investigator who will conduct the investigation. All questions should be sent to the detective.
  • The investigator assigned to the case will conclude the investigation and bring the docket to the appropriate court for prosecution.

For more info:

Tel: +27 (0) 12 393 1000
SAPS Head Office
Koedoe Building
236 Pretorius Street
Private Bag X94
GPS Coordinates: S25.74790 E28.18901

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