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Gauteng exports criminals - Petros

2012-09-20 22:22

Cape Town - Violent crime in Limpopo spiked by over 17%, according to official crime statistics released by government on Thursday.

It was one of three provinces that recorded an increase in contact crimes, which include murder, assault, robbery and rape.

The Free State and Western Cape respectively recorded increases in violent crime of 3.2% and 2.5%.

The other six provinces contributed to the overall decline in contact crimes by 3.5%.

Gauteng saw an 11% drop in violent crime - the most notable in the country.

Head of the SA Police Service research task team, Mzwandile Petros, also Gauteng's provincial police commissioner, said the figures should be seen in context.

Petros said policing successes in some provinces forced criminals to relocate.

"Gauteng doesn't only export gold, it exports criminals as well," he quipped.

Petros said historically, provinces like Limpopo did not experience high levels of the so-called trio crimes - car hijacking, house robberies and business robberies.

He said many of Gauteng's most wanted criminals were arrested in other provinces.

Commenting on the nationwide increase in business robberies, he said moving police resources to city centres pushed criminals into the townships.

This resulted in smaller, less secure, businesses in these areas being targeted.

Petros said the increase in violent crime in the Western Cape was directly linked to gangsterism.

"Crime analysis revealed [that] 13.1% of murders and 22.2% of attempted murders in the Western Cape during 2011/12 were gang-related," he said.

Comments
  • joubert.joep - 2012-09-21 05:43

    They are not getting exported they go and look for "work" elsewhere - too many people in the same area tryig to do the same job...

  • violetemily.sbanyoni - 2012-09-21 07:59

    True

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:08

    Yes and when Zille asked Zuma for troops to control the gangs he refused. While now he wants to send troops to fight crime. But anyway Commissioner Petros, kindly keep your robbers there, we have enough on our plate here in the Cape.

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