Nov 29, 2022

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Crime stats: ‘Season of discontent’, as Gauteng murder rates up 45.2%

Homicide rates in Gauteng have skyrocketed.

“The honeymoon is over”,Lt-Gen Elias Mawela, Police Commissioner of Gauteng said while presenting the province’s fourth quarterly crime statistics for fiscal year 2021-22 to the Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety on Tuesday morning. This includes crimes committed between January and March of this year. He referred to the statistics as a “season of dissatisfaction”.

Mawela said Gauteng contributed 27.6% of homicides to the national toll.

Attack with intent serious Assault, common assault, and aggravated robbery contributed 33% to the total crime in Gauteng.

“The social ills in our communities are the leading causes of assaults.

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“Should the community adopt more acceptable means of conflict resolution and reduce drug abuse, surely some categories of crime, such as domestic violence, will be gender biased Violence, homicide and attempted homicide will be reduced?”

There was a 45.2% increase in homicides in the province, or 1,403 people killed during this period. That’s 437 more people murdered compared to the same period in 2020/2021.

Mawela said analysis of homicide cases has again shown that “the majority of causal factors Disputes and misunderstandings are (non-domestic), road rage and provocation”.

He said the number included five police officers, one of whom was killed on duty and four who were murdered off duty. He said another police officer was killed on Monday, bringing the number to six.

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