Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
20 Feb 2021
6:49 pm

Crime drop in Gauteng still ‘too little’ – David Makhura

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Police Minister Bheki Cele presented the quarterly crime statistics, crimes that occurred from1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Gauteng Premiere David Makhura. Picture: Twitter @GautengProvince

After Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the crime stats on Friday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the drop in crime in the province is low.

Speaking during a handed over 50 vehicles to the South African Police Service (SAPS) family, child protection and sexual offence unit on Saturday, Makhura says the quarterly crime drop between October and December 2020 of 9.6% is “too little.”

Cele presented the quarterly crime statistics, reflecting crimes that occurred between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020, he said doesn’t “paint a good picture”.

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The police minister said according to their stats there was a 5% increase in sexual offences detected as a result of police action were recorded during this three-month period.

12,218 people were raped between October and December last year, an increase of 181 cases, amounting to a 1.5% increase compared to the previous reporting period.

Makhura said: “Gender-based violence is one of the critical areas of priority in specific categories of crime in our province.”

The vehicles handed over by the provincial government will assist the police in Gauteng in dealing with trio crimes such as truck, carjackings, as well as house robberies and CIT heists.

Cele said he hopes this will enhance police visibility on Gauteng roads. 

All the law enforcement agencies are a force multiplier in the fight against crime including Gauteng traffic department. You must squeeze the oxygen out of the criminals as you do the work,” he said. 

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