Serious crime hits Gauteng the hardest
Johannesburg - Serious contact crimes - including murder, sexual offences, house robberies and hijackings - hit Gauteng the hardest, according to the crime statistics released in Parliament on Tuesday.
Gauteng had the largest increase in reported murder cases, compared with the other provinces. There were 10.4% more murders in the province year on year.
While KwaZulu-Natal was the province with the most murders at 3 810 in total, Gauteng followed closely with 3 671 murders. The Eastern Cape and Western Cape were placed third and fourth.
Nationally, murder increased by 4.6% for the reporting period of April 2014 to March 2015 year on year.
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, releasing the statistics on Tuesday, said illegal miners contributed a lot to the murders, especially in Gauteng.
“Another disturbing trend was that it was discovered that children, age 10 to 17, committed 49 murders.” She said those aged 18 to 35 were responsible for 884 unlawful killings.
The Northern Cape had the fewest murders, with 413 cases reported, a decrease of 5.5%.
The Western Cape had the largest increase in attempted murder cases, with 3 727 cases, an increase of 11.4%.
But Gauteng had the most cases of attempted murder, a total of 4 202, an increase of 8.7%.
Gauteng also took the top spot in the number of sexual offences, house, bank and other property robberies, vehicle thefts and various hijackings.
Over a quarter - 26.1% - of all house robberies in the country took place in Gauteng. There were 66 172 cases reported, representing a 2.7% decline year on year.
Almost half the reported cases of stolen vehicles in the country - 27 147 cases - took place in Gauteng.
All types of hijackings increased in Gauteng. Nearly two-thirds of all truck hijackings - a total of 804 cases - took place Gauteng.
More than half - 53.4% - of all carjackings took place in Gauteng. The 6 867 cases reported represent a 13.4% increase year on year.
Gauteng banks were also the hardest hit. There were nine cases of bank robberies reported, compared with two in the Free State and Mpumalanga.
Nearly a third of all cash-in-transit cases - 32.8% - of the national total took place in Gauteng.
But with 39 reported cases, this was a significant decline from the 60 cases that took place in the previous reporting year.
In the more sparsely populated Northern Cape only 15 cases of carjacking were reported. There were no reports of cash-in-transit robberies.