‘Most violent crime done by illegals’
● 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.