Michele Clarke MPL
DA Spokesperson on Community Safety
According to a response to DA questions to the Gauteng Department of Community Safety, the province’s trio crimes have increased by 19% in one year.
This includes a 25% increase in carjacking and a shocking 72% increase in truck hijacking from 2012/13 to 2013/14. Increases for the other two crimes in this particular category are a 16% increase in house robbery and an 11% increase in business robbery.
Please click here for the full reply, including a breakdown of trio crimes per sector.
Disturbingly, the overall increase in trio crimes differs from the national crime stats released earlier this year where it was indicated that Gauteng had witnessed a 15.4% increase from 2012/13 to 2013/14.
This discrepancy is indicative of the unreliability of crime statistics in our country; a fact which has been highlighted on a number of occasions.
I will be following up with MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, to establish why there is a nearly 4% discrepancy in these statistics and what her department plans to do to tackle these increases.
Accurate crime statistics are essential in the fight against crime, as is a concrete strategy to reassure the residents of this province that our safety is taken seriously.