Slight de­crease in crime rate in Manzini in 2018

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

The crime in­fested city of Manzini has re­alised im­prove­ments in terms of re­ported crime. A one per cent de­crease in crime rate for 2018 when com­pared with 2017 is a legacy former Manzini Sta­tion Com­man­der Raphael ‘Sikheshekheshe’ Maseko leaves with. This is what he re­vealed yes­ter­day dur­ing the Manzini po­lice end-of-the year party held at Lu­gogo Sun yes­ter­day.

Added to this de­crease, the former sta­tion com­man­der re­vealed that there was a re­mark­able de­crease in traf­fic ac­ci­dents in the town dur­ing the same pe­riod as they re­alised a 11 per cent in­ci­dence dif­fer­ence.

The event also served as the com­man­der’s farewell func­tion as he was trans­ferred to Lubombo Re­gion where he will be the deputy re­gional com­man­der.

Maseko was pro­moted in Septem­ber last year to his cur­rent rank of Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent.

Maseko thanked the of­fi­cers for their co­op­er­a­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to work that he said re­sulted in the de­crease in the crime rate in the hub.

“We thank God for be­ing with us since the be­gin­ning of the year till this day. As I said yes­ter­day, the crime rate in Manzini has de­creased in 2018 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year sim­i­larly, road ac­ci­dents have de­creased by 11 per cent. All this is due to the unity and com­mit­ment that you showed work­ing day and night,” Maseko said, adding that he was proud that de­spite the chal­lenges linked to the fi­nan­cial sta­tus of the coun­try his of­fi­cers had been able to try all in their means to serve the pub­lic.

“They have cracked some of the crimes that were a prob­lem which I would not like to men­tion as well as petty crimes for in­stance pick pock­et­ing which was rife has de­creased,” he said.

Maseko re­quested the of­fi­cers to work as a team and in unity with the new sta­tion com­man­der stat­ing that Manzini was a busy town.

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