Crime stats glitch gives KwaMashu a clean slate

2015-09-30 15:35

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Durban - The crime statistics of one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most dangerous areas remain a mystery as a technical glitch wiped the slate clean for KwaMashu.
This as the province was named the murder capital of the country when Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and police commissioner General Riah Phiyega released the controversial figures on Tuesday.

KwaMashu itself was preciously shrouded in infamy as the precinct with the highest rate of murder.

Now, as KwaZulu-Natal climbs to the top of a not-so-illustrious trend, vital statistics for the precinct have yet to be released.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said South African Police Service (SAPS) management were aware of the “technical problem”.

“We understand with certain portions of the statistics, there are some discrepancies. The technology management division is in the process of sorting this out,” he said.

Two weeks ago five people were killed in a mass murder in KwaMashu’s A Section, near the notorious KwaMashu men’s hostel.  

The hostel and the cramped shack settlement that girders it are widely considered as areas fraught with violence.

Last year, the police more than 400 officers in armoured vehicles who essentially occupied the section in search of wanted criminals and guns.  

Reacting to the release of the statistics, the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson on community safety Rishigen Viranna said the statistics were a showcase of communities at risk.

“KwaZulu-Natal has become a murder capital as the number of murders in the province increased 5.4%. The province sees 21.4% of national murders committed here. This means one person is murdered in this province in every 2.5 hours,” he said.

“This is an appalling and unacceptable murder rate and is directly the fault of national government and the SAPS. The province also registered another increase in assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.”

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