Free State ‘the safest province’

2015-10-07 06:00
HUMBLED: MEC Butana Komphela. 
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HUMBLED: MEC Butana Komphela. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE MEC for Police in the Free State, Butana Komphela, has expressed his delight with the national crime statistics released by the minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko.

According to the statistics, the Free State is the safest province in the whole South Africa as it has recorded the highest decrease in contact crimes for the period of 1 April 2014 until 31 March this year.

“I am really humbled. I think it is a good thing that the Free State was announced as the safest province in the country.

“Credit must go to the police for the great work that they are doing on behalf of the people of the province,” said Komphela.

“Although the Free State has topped the list of safer provinces where contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder and assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm, amongst others, have dropped, we still have a lot of work to do.

“There is still a need for us to intensify our multipronged interventions with evidence in substantial collection and destruction of those illegal firearms and confiscation of dangerous wea-pons,” the MEC added.

The crime statistics have revealed that six police officers were murdered in the province during the period above, while 159 of them were attacked.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape was announced as the most dangerous province in the country when it came to contact crimes, followed by Limpopo, Gauteng and the North-West.

With regard to contact-related crimes like arson and malicious damage to property, the Western Cape still topped the list, recording a 10,9% increase, followed by Limpopo (5,6% increase), the Northern Cape (4% increase), Mpumalanga (2,6% increase) and North-West (0,5% increase).

Under the property-related crimes category – residential housebreaking, housebreaking at other premises, theft of motor vehicles, amongst others – the North-West recorded the highest increase (3,3%), followed by the Northern Cape (1,1%).

Mpumalanga recorded an increase of 0,7%, while the Eastern Cape and Limpopo saw property-related crimes increasing by 0,6%, followed by Gauteng (0,5%).

The Free State recorded the highest decrease (-6,2%), followed by Western Cape (-2,8%) and KwaZulu-Natal (-1,6%)

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