Gauteng residents unsafe- DA

Gauteng residents unsafe - DA

The DA says Gauteng is not safe for its residents following the release of the latest crime stats by Police Minister Bheki Cele. 

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The third quarter stats show an increase in murder, robbery at residential premises, kidnapping, carjacking, attempted murder, theft of motor vehicle and commercial crimes. 

"This is a clear indication that the lives of Gauteng Residents are in danger and law enforcement agencies are unable to ensure their safety to prevent crime," said the party's Michael Shackleton

In Gauteng the number of

people killed increased from 1327 in the third quarter of 2020 to 1570 in the last quarter of 2021.

Attempted murder also went up from 1323 to 1397.

"These statistics are worrying and clearly indicate that Gauteng lacks adequate policing and police visibility putting the lives of innocent residents at risk.”

Cele however told the media when releasing the statistics that there is a significant reduction in crime nationally, however murder remains one of the toughest crimes to fight. 

"We have committed to improve our state of policing, through specialized policing and refocusing our efforts and expertise in taking down organized crime syndicates,"

" Over and above the CIT and kidnapping specialised units, the SAPS has also established specialised units to deal with organised crimes in KZN, Eastern Cape, Gauteng. In addition to the specialized units within the DPCI. It is also encouraging that the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces boast fully functional murder and robbery units," said Cele.


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