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“Murder still a major concern in Gauteng,” says Gauteng police boss

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Gauteng Police Commissioner, Tommy Mthombeni, has expressed concern over the high number of murder cases in the province.

Earlier today, the newly appointed Gauteng police boss revealed the province’s crime statistics for the 3rd Quarter of the 2023/24 financial year.

He said the was a 3.8% increase to the murder rate after 1 787 people were killed in the province between October and December last year.

The statistics show that Gauteng had 65 dockets of murder registered with 156 victims and that has contributed to an increase in murder during this quarter.

Two hundred and 14 of the victims were women, while 55 of them were children.

According to the stats, 26 066 counts in the contact crime category were recorded with assault and assault GBH contributing 50.8% towards the contact crime figures.

However, there was a 2.5% reduction in rape, sexual assaults, and contact sexual offenses, with the stats showing 66 counts lower in comparison with the same period last year.

 

“This reduction is attributed to measures that we have put in place such as; enhancing partnerships with communities and NGOs, awareness campaigns, suspect tracing operations coupled with good convictions by our courts,” he said.

Mthombeni says robbery with aggravating circumstances remains high in the province.

The crimes of carjacking, robberies at residential and non-residential premises increased by 6.4 %.

  • Carjacking increased by 14.4% which translates to 378 counts more.
  • Robbery at residential premises increased by 4.6% (99 counts more).
  • Truck Hijacking decreased by 7.8% (24 counts less).
  • There were no incidents of bank robberies that were reported during this period.
  • There was a total of 16 cash-in-transit heists.

Brigadier David Bender, who also presented on Tuesday, outlined the quarterly crime statistics regarding provincial operations against illegal mining in Gauteng.

According to Bender, 1 134 undocumented persons were arrested, with 234 of them nabbed for illegal mining that has plagued parts of the province for years now.

 

The authorities also briefed the committee on interventions implemented to minimise crime and restore law and order in areas such as Eldorado Park, Westbury, Diepsloot and Soshanguve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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