KZN CRIME STATS REMAIN A CONCERN
By: Raymond Padya
The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa released the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria yesterday, stating that KwaZulu-Natal is the most violent province in South Africa.
Showing a 1.2% increase in aggravated robberies in the country, most of the crime committed in KZN is street robbery, which is 56% of the crime rate in the province.
Attempted murder had a 6.8% decrease during the past four years; however, during the past financial year there has been an increase of 6.5% in the whole country. According to the police minister, the main causes of the increase in attempted murder in KZN are a result of taxi-related violence, illegal firearms in circulation in the province, stranger violence and liquor related killings.
KZN has also experienced a 22,9% increase of driving under the influence, which is the highest increase countrywide followed by Free State with a 10,1% increase. Murder has shown an increase of 0.6% from the period of 2012/2013 in the whole country despite its 16.6% decrease during the past four years. The minister stressed that various measures will be taken to deal with this issue.
“Since 1994, we have been making steady progress in the fight against crime. We will work double hard to ensure this slight increase is re-routed to the downward trends that we experienced over the past nine years,” Mthethwa said.
Nyanga reclaimed its title as South Africa’s murder capital although KZN has three out of ten of the most dangerous neighborhoods in this country from 2012/2013 namely: Inanda – 170 murders, Umlazi – 122 murders, KwaMashu E – 120 murders.
In response to the appalling murder statistics of the whole country and his own community, Nyanga’s Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairman Sandile Martin summarised a typical murder victim and killer profile.
“He is a young man between the ages of 18 and 30. Often he is unemployed. These murders happen at the weekend, and usually occur at illegal shebeens or elsewhere after a lot of alcohol has been consumed,” he said.
In an article by Kieran Legg from the iol news website, Martin said that both the murder victim and the killer have the same demographics.