11 people murdered daily in EC

2019-09-18 06:00
Die misdaadtoneel by die Le Bon-bakkery in Port Elizabeth waar konst. Dwane Kemp van die polisie se blitspatrollie vroeër vanjaar geskiet is. Foto: Lulama Zenzile

Die misdaadtoneel by die Le Bon-bakkery in Port Elizabeth waar konst. Dwane Kemp van die polisie se blitspatrollie vroeër vanjaar geskiet is. Foto: Lulama Zenzile

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ABOUT 264 people are confronted by a violent contact crime daily in the Eastern Cape. At least 20 of these people are raped and 11 of them are killed.

This average is according to the latest crime statistics released by the national police management in parliament last week. In addition to an increase in the murder rate, the province also exceeds the national trend in various crime categories.

The most important of these are sexual offences, stock theft and cash-in-transit robberies.

According to statistics for the 2018/19 financial year, 68 416 so-called contact crimes were committed in the province.

This includes 3 965 murders. Most of these were in the district of the Mthatha police station. Bethelsdorp and Lusikisiki hold second and third place on the list, respectively.

“The Eastern Cape has five (police stations) among the top 30 police stations where the most murder cases are reported.

“Murder is still on the rise, with an increase of 3.9%, which means an average of nearly 11 people are killed each day in the province,” said Bobby Stevenson, DA spokesperson for safety and security, in response to the statistics. In the previous financial year, the Eastern Cape held the top position in South Africa for attempted murder, with most cases reported in Gelvandale, an area ravaged by gang activity.

Despite a 14% drop in attempted murder cases in Gelvandale this year, it is still the police station with the second most cases in the country.

The third most cases were reported at the Bethelsdorp police station.

In March, 12-year-old Irvinisha Brookes became one of the many innocent victims of gang violence after a stray bullet hit her, barely 50m from her parents’ home.

Irvinisha’s mother, Sonia Brookes, said she knew police were working hard against gang violence but felt the police and government could do more.

“If there are no firearms, there will be no bullets. I also believe it is the people who have nothing to keep themselves busy that get involved in the gangs. If there is work for them, they will stay away from it and reduce gang crime.”

According to national crime statistics, there were 1 120 gang-related murders nationwide and 119 were in the Eastern Cape.

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