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Eastern Cape 2017/2018 crime stats expected on Tuesday

Sep 18, 2018
Eastern Cape 2017/2018 crime stats expected on Tuesday

Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, and SAPS Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, are on Tuesday expected to announce the Eastern Cape's crime statistics for the 2017/2018 period.

This comes after the announcement of the national 2017/2018 Crime Statistics by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, last week.

The media briefing, which will take place at the SAPS Eastern Cape Provincial Head Office Main Hall, Zwelitsha, in King Williams Town, will be preceded by the stakeholder engagement on the crime statistics.

"The proceedings of the day will be concluded by the hand-over of more than thirty (30) vehicles and ten (10) motor bikes to various Eastern Cape police clusters," Eastern Cape police said.

Not much is expected to change from the stats released by the Minister Cele, which showed a worsening crime situation in the country.

According to the 2017/2018 Crime stats, the Eastern Cape has five of the top 30 stations in terms of murder, with Mthatha 9th on the list, with an increase of 26% (from 127 to 160); Bethelsdorp at 13th, up 8.5% (from 117 to 127), Kwazakhele at 17th spot up 1% (103 to 104) Lusikisiki at 22nd down 15.7% (from 115 to 97) and Ngqeleni at 28th, up 26.8% (from 71 to 90).

Gelvandale, in Port Elizabeth, takes top spot for attempted murders across all stations nationally, with a 17.8% increase in cases (up from 225 to 265) while Bethelsdorp is fourth, with a staggering increase of 51.1% (up from 133 to 201).

Access the full 2017/2018 Crime stats here.

2016/2017 Eastern Cape crime statics

In the 2016/2017 crime stats, The Eastern Cape had the highest murder rate in the country of 55.9 per 100 000 as well as the highest rape rate of 105.3 per 100 000.

Robbery at residential premises was up by 5.7%, burglary at residential premises was up 2.0%, theft out of motor vehicles up 8.6%, stock theft up 3.7% and aggravated robbery was up by 7.1%.

The Eastern Cape had the highest increases of all the provinces in terms of arson at 10.2%, malicious damage to property at 2.1%, theft out of motors vehicles the highest at 8.6% and contact related crimes the highest, up by 2.5%.

Burglary at residential premises was the second highest increase of 2.0% and theft of motors vehicles the second highest increase at 2.3%.

There was some relief that sexual offences are down overall by 8.5% and assault GBH was down by 6.4% as well as the improvement in crimes related to police detection, such as drug-related crimes and illegal possession of ammunition and firearms.

Will the 2017/2018 period show an improved crime situation in the Eastern Cape? More to follow...