Forty-five children were murdered in Gauteng in the first three months of the year, according to the province’s quarterly crime statistics released on Tuesday.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela made the statement ahead of the fourth quarterly provincial crime statistics for fiscal year 2021-22 to the portfolio committee of the provincial community security legislature.
In response to the statistics showing an increase of 45 .2% indicated that Mawela blamed social ills for assaults on total homicides in the province.
“The social ills in our communities are the main causes of assaults. Certain categories of crime, such as domestic violence, gender-based violence, homicide and attempted homicide, will decrease should the community adopt better, acceptable means of conflict resolution and reduce drug abuse.”
Mawela emphasized that the statistics Level 3 lockdown in 2021 compared to Level 1 in 2022. The difference was important as it measures a time in 2021 when there were severe restrictions on passenger movement and a curfew versus more relaxed restrictions below Level 1 >
“The expected honeymoon season is over. We expected crime to increase as lockdown restrictions eased.”
Crimes against women and children form a category known as gender-based violence (GBV). President Cyril Ramaphosa last year announced a GBVF (gender-based violence and femicide) relief fund in response to a surge in cases, which some have dubbed the second pandemic.
< p>Child murders have increased by 20 reported cases this year, an 80% increase from the 25 cases reported last year.
It has fallen to 1,108 Sex offenses reported cases compared to last year’s 1,145 cases. However, child rape cases rose to 866 cases compared to 829 cases last year.
Other statistics include:
- attempted Homicide: 70 cases, up 150% from 28 last year;
- Assault with the aim of aggravated assault (AGH): 338 cases, up 19 .9% of 282 in the last year; and
- common bodily harm: 581 cases, up 22.3% from 475 last year.
Es 189 women were murdered in the first quarter of the year, a 48.8% increase from 127 in the same period last year.
Statistics for women include:
- Sex crimes: 2,104 cases, a 20.6% increase from 1,745 in the previous year;
- Attempted homicide: 332 cases, a 72% increase from 193 in the previous year;
- Attack aimed at inflicting GBH: 3,214 cases, a 17.7% increase from 2,731 last year; and
- Common assaults: 7,049 cases, an increase of 18.4% from 5,955 last year.
< span>Domestic violence-related incidents in the province increased month on month during the first quarter of the year, with 2,282 reported incidents in January, 2,859 in February and 3,075 in March. In the first three months of the year there were a total of 8,216 cases.
According to the report, the highest rates of domestic violence were reported in the district of Johannesburg with 3,309 cases , accounting for 40.3% of the total, followed by Ekurhuleni district with 1,852 cases. Tshwane district recorded 1,846 cases, West Rim 771 cases and Sedibeng 438.
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