South Africa: Gauteng Residents Continue To Live In Fear As Quarterly Statistics Reveal A Sharp Increase In Crime – Eagle News Feed
Gauteng residents continue to live in fear of falling prey to criminals.
This was revealed in the third quarter’s crime stats for the 2022/2023 financial year.
Increases were reported in the following forms of crime:
· Community reported serious crime up from 107 815 to 115 478.
· Contact crimes up from 46 221 to 50 039.
· Rape up from 2 356 to 2471.
· Robbery of residential homes from 1992 to 2130.
· Kidnapping Ransom related up from 49 to 76.
There was a decrease in carjackings from 2 824 to 2 632. In addition, there were 10 cases of extortion and 6 cases of human trafficking reported.
The two police stations where contact crimes were reported are Johannesburg Central Police Station and Alexandra Police station.
This increase in crime in our province is very concerning considering the increase in shootings that we have seen in areas like Eldorado Park, Reiger Park, and Westbury.
Gangsterism is rife in these communities and earlier this week a community leader and activist were killed.
The DA has already successfully lobbied for an inquiry to be held into the shootings and increase in gangsterism in Eldorado Park, Reiger Park, and Westbury.
We have also introduced the Community Oversight Bill which seeks to give the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko more oversight powers of the police.
The bill will also ensure that all our police stations have the necessary resources needed for crime intelligence gathering and to fight crime in the areas where they are based.