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Crimen injuria highest in W Cape - stats

2012-09-20 17:34

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.

Comments
  • ross.purdon.5 - 2012-09-20 17:48

    yea beacause everyone is moving to Western Cape - so more people, more crimes etc. And half the crimes have most prob not even been reported in the other provinces.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 20:44

      Well drugs and alcohol and insults go together. Still, I'd rather someone swear at me that shoot me for R10...

      TSR01 - 2012-09-20 21:07

      Sean, because those areas don't pay taxes? Protecting your assets / resources is logical, but putting cops in danger for nothing but "peace" for citizens who do not contribute to the economy? HM!! Clearly you should be running a country, think it would be called Zimbabwe the 2nd.

      jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-21 08:51

      oooh wait another ANC sponsored artical. Well i rather be called a pinkfoot than be shot or hacked to death as per the rest of SA. O yes maybe the Western Cape just takes it more seriously and prosecute than the rest of South Africa. I mean out of the many times i have been discriminated on based on my colour i could have increased the figure in Gauteng by myself. Then again we have racist laws making it ok for me to be discriminated against

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-21 08:59

      So what makes you so sure that they are ALL reported in the WC?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-09-21 11:00

      this "attack" on the WC...again...just further perpetuates the fact that the crimes stats are fudged for political points...nothing more!

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-09-21 11:42

      which under SA law includes prosecution for the use of racially-offensive language - GROW UP MAN...

  • vark.nek.90 - 2012-09-20 21:00

    Drop, "jou ma se anatomy!" from the crimen injuria list and the cases in the Cape will drop by 60%

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-09-20 21:32

      I agree - was the first thing that crossed my mind!!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-20 21:30

    SA is the only country on earth to have Crimen Injuria on its lawbooks.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-09-21 08:31

      As I've stated dumbo, one needs to be acquainted with the history of this country to understand what necessitated this type of law. The racists were having a field day before its introduction making black people feel small at every turn.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-09-21 11:02

      your statement is true, ill give you that...however...is it any better if it reversed and applied in the same way as before? Are you saying that its ok as long "you" are not on the receiving end?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-21 06:38

    Here we go again Western Cape gets a bad rap, but I don't for one moment believe it. Note how they single out Western Cape. CRIMEN INJURIA is only a crime in South African (Freaky)law defined to be an act of "unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of others" How the hell would you know if it was on the rise or not.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-09-21 07:47

    It must be understood that the Western Cape is fast becoming a haven of unrehabilitated and unrepentant racists who've relocated to the WC because their k^k would not be tolerated where they came from. The WC kind of reminds them of the "glory" days they enjoyed in the old SA.

      bradley.liebenberg1 - 2012-09-21 08:12

      Or just maybe all the unrepentant racists are going somewhere where the local government is run properly.

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-09-21 11:48

      Luvo. Maybe you and your booties stay where you are and all the civilized folk go to WCape. Maybe also, take the Nigies and the Somalians and the Zimbabwians , and the.Malawians..with you.. Maybe crime will drop down there... Maybe that’s a good idea And maybe you think I’m a racist now..hey..?? Maybe everything you hear is racist..maybe...??

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-21 09:43

    Djou ma se epos.

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