The latest crime stats once more make for depressing reading with no end in sight for the country, showing that even with the country under lockdown and battling a pandemic, criminals have continued to terrorise the citizens of SA, especially those in Western Cape.

Once more, the Western Cape has the most police stations in the top ten police stations by the number of murders reported. This is no surprise as this has been the case for the longest time.

However, it’s surprising that there has seemingly been no improvement in the situation in the Western Cape.

Western Cape crime stats

Gangsterism, murder and drugs

The impact of gangsterism and drugs on communities in Cape Town is apparent to anyone in the Western Cape who spends any amount of time outside of the province’s more affluent suburbs.

However, once more, seven of the 10 police stations with the highest reported murders in the whole country are in the Western Cape. Of these police stations, Kraaifontein and Delft hold the number one and two positions.

The police station in Nyanga has the fifth most reported murders from October 2020 to December 2020. Cele said during his presentation of the quarterly crime stats:

“The National Crime Statistics from October to December 2020 do not paint a good picture, and so force us as the SAPS to dig deep and put the shoulder to the wheel”.

Sharp rise in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State

While the admission is welcome, it is apparent that these figures are only looked at once a quarter and then forgotten as South Africa’s public is left to fend for itself, while the Police minister crafts opportunities for photo ops to distract from the fact that crime trends are only worsening over time.

Cele said he was concerned about the sharp rise in crime in some provinces: “I remain concerned about Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Western Cape provinces which these stats show are regressing in their fight against crime”.

Besides, the failures regarding the ever-rising murder rate and cash-in-transit robberies increased by more than 66%. This increase is quite possibly influenced by the fact that lockdowns across the country would have reduced the opportunities for criminals who would normally prey on homes and businesses.

“It is clear that SAPS must change its responses to cash-in-transit robberies. The current plan in place is clearly not working as there were 26 more attacks on [CIT] vans in the third quarter of the 2020/21 financial year”.

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Presh JM Reporter

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