Tsh­wane’s ‘crime havens’ re­vealed

Pretoria News - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE goitsemang.tlhabye@inl.co.za

MAMELODI East, Gars­fontein, Sil­ver­ton, Boschkop and Brook­lyn have been dubbed the crime havens in the City of Tsh­wane in the an­nual pro­vin­cial crime sta­tis­tics re­leased yes­ter­day.

Gaut­eng po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Deliwe de Lange gave a grim ac­count of the num­ber of crimes com­mit­ted in the prov­ince from April 1, 2016 to March 17, 2017.

She was giv­ing an over­view of the best and worst sta­tions in every mu­nic­i­pal­ity in terms of con­tact crimes, which in­cluded mur­der, sex­ual of­fences, as­sault, as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, rob­bery, and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

The re­port in­cluded sta­tis­tics of car­jack­ings and thefts, rob­bery at res­i­den­tial premises, cases of ar­son and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty, as well as prop­erty and com­mer­cial-re­lated crimes.

The sta­tis­tics re­vealed that Aka­sia, Mamelodi East and Olieven­hout­bosch had seen an in­crease in re­ported con­tact crimes when com­pared to the 2015/16 sta­tis­tics.

Aka­sia had a 14% in­crease in con­tact crimes, from 1 792 to 2 043, Mamelodi East in­creased by 7.6% from 2 207 to 2 374, and an 11.5% in­crease was re­ported in Olieven­hout­bosch, which had 1 357 dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year.

Ac­cord­ingly, Temba and Pre­to­ria West were ranked as the most im­proved, with Temba com­ing in with a 5.2% de­crease and Pre­to­ria West with a 12.2% de­crease in con­tact crimes.

Mur­der re­port­edly spiked by 81.1% in Olieven­hout­bosch, and an as­ton­ish­ing 190.0% in Eras­mia. Wierdabrug was, how­ever, re­ported as the only area to have re­ported a de­crease in mur­ders, by 90.9%.

De Lange de­tailed how Ham­man­skraal had wit­nessed a 51.3% in­crease in sex­ual of­fences, while Ga-Rankuwa had shown a de­crease of 29.9%.

Olieven­hout­bosch had come in with a 186.1% in­crease in re­ported cases of at­tempted mur­der, and ar­eas such as Dube and Mabopane had re­port­edly marked de­creases, the re­port said.

With Tsh­wane al­ready be­ing ear­marked as the city with the high­est in­ci­dence of car­jack­ings in the coun­try, the sta­tis­tics gave a clearer pic­ture of which ar­eas were the most prob­lem­atic. Com­pared to the rest of the prov­ince, Olieven­hout­bosch came in tops with a 144.2% in­crease of car­jack­ings.

It was fol­lowed closely by the Sun­ny­side area in third place with a 118.2% in­crease, from 44 in­ci­dents re­ported in 2015/16 to 96 cases for this fi­nan­cial year af­ter Mof­fatview.

Aka­sia came in 8th place with a 46 case dif­fer­ence re­ported from 102 cases pre­vi­ously re­ported dur­ing 2015/16.

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