Spike in crime due to gang, taxi violence
WHILE a number of motives are behind the 57 murders committed in South Africa every day, an analysis of the recent crime statistics shows taxi-related conflicts, gang-related activity and mob justice contributing more to the increasing trend.
The crime statistics from April 1 last year to March 31 this year, released yesterday, showed there were 237 taxi-related killings in the country, with KwaZulu-Natal having 36, the fourth-highest number of incidents.
Gauteng had the highest of 110, followed by 45 in the Western Cape and 39 in the Eastern Cape.
The statistics come as an oThongathi taxi association deputy chairperson was shot dead on Monday night.
Nico Mkhize, who was the deputy chairman of Qalokuhle Taxi Association, was killed outside Nandos.
Transport and Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said the motive behind Mkhize’s murder was unknown as oThongathi had no tension within the taxi operations.
“We appeal to members of the community who may have seen the incident to come forward with any information,” said Kaunda.
The statistics also showed that there were 973 gang-related murders, with the majority of these (808) occurring in the Western Cape.
With communities taking the law into their own hands, 849 people were killed in cases police classify as mob justice: 264 of them in Gauteng; 173 in the Western Cape; 145 in KZN; 95 in Limpopo; 83 in Mpumalanga and 72 in the Eastern Cape.
Politically-motivated murders totalled 32, with most of them (30) in KZN.