Crimen injuria highest in W Cape - stats

2012-09-20 17:34
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (Beeld)

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Cape Town - Residents of the Western Cape may not be as "laid back" as they would have their up-country cousins believe.

According to the annual crime statistics report, the number of cases of crimen injuria - the act of unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another - has dropped sharply in Gauteng, but risen in the Western Cape.

The document shows there were 31 858 cases of crimen injuria during the period 1 April, 2011, to 31 March this year. This was 1 450 cases less than the year before.

But in the Western Cape, the number of cases of crimen injuria - which under SA law includes prosecution for the use of racially-offensive language - rose by more than 11%, from 7 337 in 2010/11, to 8 185 last year.

In contrast, the number of cases in Gauteng dropped from 8 040 cases in 2010/11, to 5 125 last year.

According to the document, the number of cases of crimen injuria in the Western Cape was higher than any other province in the country.

The report was tabled by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday.

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