The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng says the 4th quarter report of the 2021/2022 Crime Stats indicates that the safety and security of the Gauteng residents remain at risk, and they have a bleak future ahead of them
Police Minister, Bheki Cele presented the crime stats in Pretoria on Friday, 3 June. Gauteng police stations are dominating in the top 30 of all crime stats across the country, with a notably sharp increase in crimes like hijackings, kidnapping, murder, and sexual offences.
DA WEIGHS IN ON GAUTENG CRIME STATS
From January 2022 to March 2022, a total of 1403 murder cases, 2936 hijackings and 2267 cases of sexual offences were reported.
The DA in Gauteng said the number of cases reported for murder, hijackings and sexual offences is devastating and shows that the lives and livelihoods are in danger.
The party also said lack of police visibility has allowed criminals to take advantage of innocent residents in Gauteng.
“This is due to the lack of SAPS resources like vehicles, and human resources that should be prioritised. Residents of this province are living in constant fear of being the next victim of crime. These statistics are nothing but a trigger of fear and leave residents without any hope in the police services.”DA
LACK OF RESOURCES BEHIND HIGH CRIME RATE
Recently, the DA has conducted inspections in several police stations in Gauteng.
The party said police stations are not well equipped or maintained when it comes to basic infrastructure and technological requirements, such as electricity, sanitation, and internet.
“This is the reason why Gauteng is in the top 30 of every crime reported on the crime stats.
“This impacts the functionality and performance of the police stations and has a serious negative impact on visible policing and crime prevention.”DA