16 hijackings a day in Gauteng - Petros

2012-08-13 22:25

Johannesburg - Vehicle hijackings in Gauteng have decreased from 25 to 16 a day this year, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said in Johannesburg on Monday.

"That is a significant reduction and we do not plan to change our crime-fighting strategy in that regard, but improve on it."

He was speaking after meeting national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, who was visiting provinces to learn about the police's strategies to fight crime.

At least 50% of the country's crime happened in Gauteng, Petros said. He said the number could come down further if police introduced "certain things".

"We will be producing our research project next month that will detail how we plan to reduce that," he said.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-13 22:29

    Still 16 too many. So they stop hi-jacking and what then? They go and sit at home or slit their wrists??? What is being done to stop ALL crime? - 2012-08-14 01:01

      ban the sale of second hand cars.....or the company (like toyota...) buys the cars back and you only buy from approach like that. The second hand sale market is the driver for this hi-jack practice....the cause is the very expensive cars in this country...I don't know why SA is about 100% more expensive with cars, than certain other countries either?????

      joejoe.vanniekerk - 2012-08-14 06:34

      Do you belief any of this stats? AND what was don to reduce it?

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-14 07:23

      @eduardhomes- your idea is flawed as the police are behind the majority of hijackings. Big businesses like panelbeating shops etc are also behind this as it's cheaper parts for them.Most cars hijacked are "made-to-order" hits.Once a hijacker is caught, nothing further happens in the case.They must reveal their employers. Lastly there has to be stricter border control. If people from Zim etc can cross our borders safely, then cars can leave with no problems too.

      sarel.brits - 2012-08-14 07:24

      I want to nominate the SLIT THEIR WRISTS crime and un employment will both come down

      Koos - 2012-08-14 07:38

      @jo.barton.92: What you say is true and you can add: 5840 cars a year. So how much do you think the cANCer government make on tax out of these crimes?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-14 09:27

      If you think crime in SA is an enigma then think again, you cannot drive these billion rand illicit industries without creating a massive wake. Chops shops , sales , money laundering , international contacts , cash hordes , ect. If Govt and police wanted crime under control in SA it would be but there is simply too much money to be made , by police , law officials , security companies, govt employees and anyone else who's income relies on or can be boosted by crime. This results in two possible outcomes , either these industries are held together by the highest echelons of govt and police through high level corruption or its simply crime prevention incompetence of the highest order.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-14 10:38

      @eduard - the reason is some imbecile obviously has interests in the import of vehicles business, as we make the majority of cars in SA, then export them to other countries, then import those same cars AGAIN, for sale here. Thats why they are so expensive here than other countries. Now to stay on topic, we still have 5840 hijackings in Gauteng alone every year (if we are to believe the stats provided). This is still a ridiculous amount and no amount of "it is an improvement" is going to make the public feel any safer.

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-08-14 11:15


  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-13 23:03

    Until people in general change their thinking and respect the lives and possessions of others, nothing will change.

      Leviy Moneymaker - 2012-08-13 23:25

      well said*RESPECT

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-08-14 22:45

      Really?... Probably only liberals and ANC apologists who believe this junk. Let me remind you of how Mzwandile Petros, when he was police commissioner of the Western Cape gave direct orders to falsify a drunken driving docket of ANC former chief whip, Tony Yengeni. Also read here… Shocking report of how the Western Cape police under Commisioner Mzwandile Petros falsified crime and logged rape cases as “enquiries” And another shocking report on how he falsified murder statistics in South Africa… how a filing cabinet with about a hundred post mortem reports of murders and other unnatural deaths which were not referred to the police for investigation, was discovered at the Salt River mortuary in Cape Town. Again our friend Petros was involved. Petros knew about it for a year and preferred to keep quiet until the lie could not be covered up any longer. Petros at the time was heading a task team that was conducting a countrywide investigation into the validity of crime statistics, particularly with regard to inquest and murder dockets. See how easy it is to bring car hi-jackings down from 25 a day to 16 a day? You just appoint the right man, like Petros. Talk about making a wolf the shepherd.

  • tatsee - 2012-08-13 23:21

    Gauteng;Home of the brave.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-08-13 23:21

    Eish......Only in SA can that comment be made..... I've been hijacked and it's not ok to make that statement as 16 is 16 too many....

  • stuart.mackinnon.14 - 2012-08-13 23:49

    Did I miss something? Is that 16 hijackings PER DAY? Do the maths per month and year and the decrease of 9 per day seems insignificant.

      Sharon Gien-Cambier - 2012-08-14 06:22

      Stuart yes u read correct...16 per day. even if it was 1 per day its 2 much. 16 hijackings per day and out of those 16 maybe 4 murders per day and the rest are badly traumatised or hurt. 8 of my family members got hijacked with guns to their heads, knives to their throats. This is the problem in S.A at the moment. Everyone knows someone in a family that have been hijacked. Do the math.....

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-14 08:03

      Then add the rest of the country's high jacking stats. Totally unacceptable.

  • Erna - 2012-08-14 00:05

    In Pretoria there are signs all over warning of 'hijacking hotspots'. Why? Is it to show the criminals the best places for this activity? If the police know where these hotspots are, shouldn't there be police present to prevent the hijackings - the signs are obviously not working.

      ryan.glenn.758 - 2012-08-14 11:15

      Same as potholes.

  • Visko - 2012-08-14 00:23

    If you believe THAT, then you can believe anything. Good old police number-crunching.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-14 00:46

    crime growing line cancer in this country.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-14 01:53

    Even 1 is too many

  • africa4africans - 2012-08-14 02:14

    poor sod doesn't have a clue. if the figure was 16 per year in any other country, the government would resign out of embarresment. do yourselves a favor south africans and get with the program. there are "Certain Things" to quote the Lt. General, which are not completely appreciated. These figures simply do not exist in any part of the world with any semblance of government or policing. the age old, tired excuse that 'this happens everywhere' is only believed by those who haven't had the opportunity of leaving the borders of this white-run zoo called south africa.

      FinalJustice - 2012-08-14 07:41

      Rotflmao ... \this white-run zoo\ WTF are you smoking dude?

      gert.c.mostert - 2012-08-14 08:24

      @ africa4africans You clearly are also as disgusted with the "sod's" remarks and playing of words to make himself look good whith 5840 hijacks PA in GAUTENG only and so should all of us.... But then again, here you are the first to try and blame it on "whites". Exuse me for pissing on your parade my friend, but on this comment list everyone with basic common sence would clearly see firstly you are the no.1 commentator standing in line as rasist? Secondly, last time I looked government does not look that white? Lastly, when it come to crime, it does not know collor. ALL SA people stand in the fire and suffer from the load we share on ALL kinds of crime. Please do not stand with all those failing politicians and cry "whites" or "apartheid" to cover their own flaws(or crimes).

  • pietopper - 2012-08-14 02:55

    Nonsense statistics. 25 in what year? 16 in what "year"? Are we comparing apples to apples? What is a "year"? Is it year to date, calendar year, fiscal year, tax year or what?

      africa4africans - 2012-08-14 03:45

      I'm comparing south africans to people on the rest of the planet. If those aren't apples and apples, then I fail to understand what you mean by your reaction. I have heard all these excuses about apples and apples. Why is south africa a special case? It has achieved so called "independence" and "democracy" for what? 17 years now? How much longer does the government and it's people need to become apples like the rest of the planet? Here, take Monterrey, Mexico.. in 2011 .. roughly 3 hijackings a day You can google it. People in all parts of the world would NEVER accept the level of crime or the level of unemployment that our people do. The wool is pulled over their eyes and they accept all manner of excuses and sing the tune accordingly with anecdotes about apples and oranges. please, use common sense.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-14 05:12

      africa4africans - common sense dictates this, our state of crime in its current form started after 1994, The last two police commissioners - generals-demigods or whatever were political deployees. Crime has been a political selling point in all but the first all inclusive true elections. There is ONE common in all of this, common sense should dictste - its not race, its not geographic area, its not age - it is infact the ANC. But will we accept this - simply no. We will not accept that as South Africans we can choose a safer future for ourselves,

  • godesha - 2012-08-14 06:47

    There should be zero hijackings a day.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-14 06:56

    Unacceptable chap! the easy go mentality to crime and acceptance of murder as is evident across SA in pursuing the racist regimes unwritten and unjust policies that are contrary to human rights is simply unacceptable. CRIME IS STILL OUT OF CONTROL, and will remain so until the mindset is altered. AND THAT COMES FROM POLITICAL WILL & DIRECTION.

  • JohannP - 2012-08-14 07:01

    Hijackings are down, only because these poeple have figured out that a garage door remote can prevent you from locking the door of you car much easier than it is to have pull a gun on you.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-14 07:02

    If it is decreasing it must be due to the fact that so many police members have been arrested because many of them are/were part of the hi-jacking gangs!

  • idplessis - 2012-08-14 07:41

    I was hijacked last year in September, and I am still afraid to get home, any car in sight and I drive around the block. I am now histerical about any car driving too close too fast behind me, taking 2 turns with me and aproaching when I am entering the gate at my house. Do they have any idea how their actions impact on others...... o they do not care about that!!!!! Well done for getting the count down and keep up with what you are doing an inforce it in all other departments of crime fighting.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-08-14 07:43

    How many people are murdered during hijackings? 16 is still too much considering that people get killed at times.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-14 07:46

    16 unacceptable hijackings. What are they thinking? Maybe it's been too cold for the hijackers and maybe too many car windows closed. Stupid cops claiming victory. Only in this zuma country.

  • gert.c.mostert - 2012-08-14 07:49

    First of all, the SA government make too much money of stolen cars. If you would think of it for a moment, then please calculate how this industry torn tax into their pockets. 14% VAT + 5% carbon VAT -car stolen and the victim's wallet is gone with it: new licence + insurance (on witch he/she is also paying VAT) + all new taxes on replacement vehicle and then the stolen car is off the the chop-shop, legalized through tax-paid criminal government employees.....and then sold off adding the last taxes again... Concerning the statistics, if someone is hijacked and then killed, the statistics ONLY show this as a murder number, NOT hijacking also...

  • tammy.petersen.73 - 2012-08-14 07:54

    and in cape town things are getting worse by the day.I was mugged last week my neighbour was killed in his house and my friends brother had a gun put to his head for money in the middle of the night.This is in fish hoek not lavender hill or steenberg

  • tammy.petersen.73 - 2012-08-14 07:54

    and in cape town things are getting worse by the day.I was mugged last week my neighbour was killed in his house and my friends brother had a gun put to his head for money in the middle of the night.This is in fish hoek not lavender hill or steenberg

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-14 08:01

    What do you “the voting South African public“ expect if your president yes the man you think is the benchmark of a South African wrangles his way out of corruption charges where others have been found guilty and now pays their dues to society on a golf course or medical parole. This man heads a government where corruption and incompetence is rewarded with redeploiment.Do you really think a bad example will lead to model citizens.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-08-14 08:04

    More Deployment of police to stabilize this horrendous acts to zero percent ,then radical measures of addressing unemployment ,more employment could be achieved by cash injection for expansion to SMEs by the gov and tax breaks to those business willing to employ, you can't combat crime ,combat the source of it

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-14 09:26

      Sure, deploy more police, but how do we know if they are just as bad as SOME, not ALL our police?

  • lawson.lutchman - 2012-08-14 09:00

    Well done!!! guys, I really mean that. Just keep up the zero tolerance approach and shoot them hijackers, instead of clogging up the justice system with scum.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-14 09:21

    Tell them the plan so that they can side-step being caught. They are obviously very clever. Criminals in this country live in the land of milk and honey. Whatever they do, they get away with either lost evidence or a few years in jail.

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-08-14 09:48

    WORK HARDER!!!!! those stats suck....WORK HARDER to get those numbers down. Is that so much to ask???geees!

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-14 10:32

    SIXTEEN hijackings A DAY in Gauteng alone?

      Koos - 2012-08-14 10:45

      If you think that is scary think of this: 1 to 4 people in a car. That is potentially an average of about 2-3 but let’s go with 2 (I think I’m being optimistic here) potential murder victims. That is 32 potential murder victims a day 11680 potential murder victims a year and that is just on "hijackings" in Gauteng alone.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-14 11:13

    Desilusionade you are right.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-14 12:23

    16 hijackings A DAY in Gauteng! Wow! 12 hijackings A YEAR in ALL OF AUSTRALIA! Time for a new govt. with a more effective polce force and judiciary! Crims breed crims!

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-14 12:35

    You idiots... its like your celebrating that its not 25 anymore...16 is still too much!! But luckily we have an unreliable government looking out for us...

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-08-14 22:21

    So should we be happy for that? 16 is still a looming number!!! Where is the love, ubuntu and peace among South Africans? SAPS must do somethng about this, we cant be in a situation where 16 hijackings per day is regarded as a better number....its very sad.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-06 17:41

    I no longer believe a word of what these people say regarding crime stats.

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