‘Most vi­o­lent crime done by il­le­gals’

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By NICO GOUS

● More than half of those nabbed for vi­o­lent crimes in Gaut­eng are il­le­gal im­mi­grants, provin­cial po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Deliwe de Lange said on Tues­day.

About 60% of sus­pects ar­rested for vi­o­lent crimes in the prov­ince were il­le­gal im­mi­grants, she said, adding: “I am not xeno­pho­bic.”

De Lange was speak­ing on the side­lines af­ter pre­sent­ing the lat­est provin­cial crime statis­tics to the Gaut­eng Com­mu­nity Safety Com­mit­tee at the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture in the Jo­han­nes­burg CBD.

Mur­der in­creased by 6.7% from 3 842 from April 2015 to March 2016 to 4 101 in

2016-2017. This was an in­crease from 28.2 to 29.3 per 100 000.

De Lange said of these‚ 190 were do­mes­tic vi­o­lent in­ci­dents‚ 105 were due to mob jus­tice‚ 82 due to taxi vi­o­lence and 25 re­lated to il­le­gal min­ing.

The three po­lice sta­tions with the high­est in­crease in mur­ders were Ivory Park‚ Rood­e­poort and Olieven­hout­bosch.

Ac­cord­ing to the crime statis­tics, Gaut­eng had the most vi­o­lent protests‚ with 908 re­ported.

Ma­jor-Gen­eral Eric Nkuna‚ deputy provin­cial com­mis­sioner of Vis­i­ble Polic­ing‚ said the hot spots were the R59‚ Tsh­wane‚ Ekan­gala‚ Soweto and Them­bal­ihle.

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