Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL)
DA member of Limpopo Legislature
The Limpopo provincial crime statistics released today by Commissioner LT Gen F Masemola clearly shows that Limpopo is nowhere close to being a safe province.
Murder cases seem to enjoy the spotlight of the provincial stats while serious matters of crime such as attempted murder, sexual offence, robbery with aggravating circumstances and hijacking were the order of the day when Commissioner LT Gen F Masemola released Limpopo crime stats.
However, The DA in Limpopo is extremely shocked by the fact on only 12.5% crime was detected by police as a result of lack of manpower and capacity to police this province.
This confirms that Limpopo is fast becoming an increasingly violent society while the men and women in blue take their children to schools and for groceries in state vans that could be patrolling and ensuring police visibility in our societies.
We are also worried over the number of cases that are not reported and as a result do not make it to statistics. For the year under review, there was an increase in murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The DA is unhappy that the stats were not met with a detailed plan of action to not only bring the statistics down, but also combat crime and make our communities safe.
The DA is worried over the commissioners’ plans of action that do not differ from that of other commissioners before her.
Among others, we are worried that
- Drug related crimes increased by 27.6%
- Murder has increased by 3.8%
- Attempted murder increased by 5.6%
- Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by a shocking 31.6%
- Robbery at residential premises increased by 25.2%
These are often crimes in our communities of Limpopo and one wonders what could be the solution to these worrying figures.
Meanwhile the high robbery and hijackings may have a devastating impact on the insurance premiums of the residents of Limpopo, the DA is currently consulting financing companies to assess the potential increase in insurance.