Gauteng crime hotspots unveiled

2013-03-11 09:08

Johannesburg - More than 10% of all crimes reported to police in Gauteng in the 2011/12 financial year were committed in only five areas, according to a report on Monday.

Provincial deputy police chief Major General Phumzo Gela told residents in Muldersdrift that despite a series of serious crimes in their area, Muldersdrift was not one of the worst-hit areas in the province, reported Beeld newspaper.

According to crime statistics for 2011/12, Johannesburg Central, Hillbrow, Honeydew, Booysens and Pretoria Central were the most crime-hit areas, with 63 382 crimes reported - some 10.94% of all crimes in Gauteng for that financial year.

For statistical purposes, he said, Gauteng had been divided into 138 policing areas, and of these, Muldersdrift was in the 105th place, with 1 992 crimes reported, or 0.34% of all the crime in Gauteng.

Ten murders had been committed in Muldersdrift during the relevant financial year, Gela said, but as many murders were committed in Naledi, Soweto, Soshanguve, Yeoville, Sophiatown, Vereeniging and Midrand.

Some 86 policing areas had higher murder rates, with Honeydew, bordering Muldersdrift, having reported 19 murders in 2011.

The biggest crime problem in all police areas was theft.

Rosebank, Fairland, Tarlton, Magaliesburg and Hekpoort were among the 25 areas with the lowest crime statistics in Gauteng.

  • Gerhard - 2013-03-11 09:13

    Because its "not the worste hit areas" its more acceptable...its pathetic

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-03-11 09:18

      It sure sounds like the SAPS see crime stats as a competition. What do you get for being the area with the most crime ?

      heibrin.venter - 2013-03-11 09:27

      @Tums: yeah, funny thing though, it's those pesky 'DA_Pigs' that pays the Police's salaries, cars, etc, etc. Without them there wouldn't be ANY police in the townships.

      Nigel Vos - 2013-03-11 09:34

      Although I don't live in Pretoria, (have family there) the eastern suburbs of Pretoria should surely be included with the very worst crime areas.

      Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-11 09:34

      @Tums, Heibrin and Prot you all should be placed in the same institution neither of you speak sense and you all need help

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-03-11 09:41

      If the police know where the hotspots are why don't they do more to prevent crime there? They (the ANC government)have totally lost control!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-03-11 09:43

      Don’t worry guys, You all will get big roadside signs with a big red dot saying “Crime Hotspot”. That will solve all the problems.

      Lorraine Polson - 2013-03-11 09:49

      @Tums Down - We pay our taxes so that the police can protect us you effing moron!!! The problem is, more than half the people in the townships don't pay tax. Therein lies the problem.

      stereev - 2013-03-11 09:52

      @ Tshepo LoL, 3 dislikes, whats the bet its Tums, hiebrin and Prot!

      godesha - 2013-03-11 09:59

      Funny Tums down, when you live on a large holding you do not get a rebate on your taxes for private security. Public (tax) money is used to pay the salaries of the cops, irrespective of which party you voted for. That in turn means that they work for the public, which in turn means that ALL citizens are entitled to their services and protection. You are not more deserving than any other citizen in this country.

      En Gineer - 2013-03-11 10:12

      I wonder where you read the word acceptable in this report.

      heibrin.venter - 2013-03-11 10:49

      @Tshepo: explain to me how my post doesn't make sense? Surely a well educated man like yourself didn't miss the bit of sarcasm? @stereev: *sigh* so ignorant.

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-03-11 12:00

      They left out the greatest CRIME HOT-SPOT of all, in Gauteng, in the whole of South Africa, if not the whole of the world, for that matter in the entire known universe: THE UNION BUILDINGS...

      Jayson Beckwith - 2013-03-12 05:46

      Lol. Jessibelle, so true.

  • MSGRules - 2013-03-11 09:15

    Lets hope some attention will be given to these areas and to the rest of the province. and not just have reports that can be discussed over a power point at tax payer sponsored breakfast. With tooth pick wielding shiny lip officials grinning at the reports

  • Djim Bie - 2013-03-11 09:21

    And what is the ocupancy rate of these areas, then recalculate your pecentage?

      stereev - 2013-03-11 09:54

      Exactly what I was wondering. I walk around PTA CBD often and feel safe as houses. I'm certain the "High crime" is due to lots and lots of people.

  • trev2 - 2013-03-11 09:22

    Misleading statistics. Should be using crime rates, i.e. divide the number of crimes by the population of the area, then compare.

      MSGRules - 2013-03-11 09:25

      Yes for sure. the fact is they need to have police in the streets. when last have you seen a police van driving around. you only see the same roadblocks put up in the same places. we need visible police

      NicolasGombert - 2013-03-11 09:32

      Agree trev2, this is highly misleading as the population of Hillbrow is much higher than Muldersdrift. They should also compare murder rates per occupation, for then farm murders would be on top of the list. In addition I would like to know of all the crimes reported, how many were actually solved through successful prosecution? It just shows that a foll with a tool remains a fool. Major General Phumzo Gela is just trying to rationalise the whole issue. Show us the whole picture: race, gender, occupation, whether the perpetrator or victim were under the influence, etc. etc. The crime problem is much more complex than the SAPS is trying to admit and they don't have the faintest idea how to resolve it.

      Dennis - 2013-03-11 09:54

      Your take on the stars is 100% correct. These numbers are meaningless and designed to mislead.

  • Man Zanilla - 2013-03-11 09:23

    Yaaawnnn. LIKE I HAVE SAID BEFORE. Statistics are a very dangerous subject especially if you are a illiterate comrad or festering politician. What are the differences between the crimes committed in the two areas. Pretoria Central. A crack whore getting beaten-up by her pimp because she stole his money or Mamma Jack's new 3310 gets nabbed by an ama-scoro-scoro. Mulderdrift. An innocent little child's live get taken by worthless dregs. If she's you enough they will gang rape her. Or a hardworking man or woman contributing to this country gets tortured (raped) and murdered for a couple of cell phone and a DVD player. That my friends is how you interpret the "statesteks".

  • Ushir Sahdao - 2013-03-11 09:25

    580 000 cases of reported crime!!! What about crime that dsnt get reported because of the lack of faith in our criminal justice system and the stigma that comes with crimes such as rape. The president says the place is safe. Disgusting!

      eric.phillips.94849 - 2013-03-11 09:34

      Yes, he says SA is safe. Ask him , then why he has 24H personal security, and how much of our money has been spent on security, for him???

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-11 09:37

      And SAPS discouraging people from reporting to keep the stats down. This system must stop NOW!

  • Karl van Rooyen - 2013-03-11 09:25

    Just sort out the crime in sa that ur incompetent anc bosses have left to get progressively worse everyday . But I don't think u have the ability or knowledge to do that !

  • toniindisgust - 2013-03-11 09:27

    Tums Down ..... WE ALL need police in our areas!!!!!! you live under the illussion that all "DA" have money..... Pull your head out and get some air to your brain!!!

  • valkerie.koekemoer - 2013-03-11 09:28

    "Unveiled"??? Sounds like you're opening a park for the kiddies or a new plaque for the Criminal of the Year... Why not rather "revealed" or "published"....? *face palm*

  • MSGRules - 2013-03-11 09:28

    The problem with the police is that it is Nationalised, it needs to be privatised!!

  • judy.knoetze - 2013-03-11 09:29

    So what are you going to do about it, Major General Gela? About all of those areas??

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-11 09:30

    Has anyone else noticed a new trend? When something negative is up for discussion the response is to tell you about bad things happening somewhere else. Crime, water quality, inflation, debt....this phenomenon appears to be applicable to everything! Really, whilst I care about the misfortunes of others, I don't see how they reduce the impact of my own.

  • Willie Olivier - 2013-03-11 09:32

    And Zuma said we live in a safe country?

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-11 09:33

    I am sure Daveyton is slowly catching up, after seeing the daily sun this morning its clear that attention needs to be given to that place 1st was a man who hacked his wife after he was told he was going to be rich, the infamous Mido, the death of Gilly and now the raping of a mother and daughter and after suffocated with a plastic bag

  • Butch Poulter - 2013-03-11 09:37

    Oh great makes you feel good all over

  • Johnny Lamont - 2013-03-11 09:46

    There is a helluva difference between murder and theft, the statistics are once again completely misleading. What else is included; jay walking?

  • Caddelle - 2013-03-11 09:52

    the stats is only accurate if they took the population of an area compared to the crimes, axample 1 crime per 100 people in muldersdrift and 1 crime per 1 million in soweto. which is worse?

  • Benjamin Ndambi - 2013-03-11 09:53

    The listed areas are infested with all kinds of scumbags! they get arrested and within weeks they are out again doing wat they know.

  • Dylan Zulch - 2013-03-11 09:56

    Here is the address of the HQ of Crime 54 Sauer Street Johannesburg

      Klemptner Alan - 2013-03-11 10:07

      i stay in Tarlton,the crime is there ,but not as bad as Murdersdrift as we call it.i was a police reservist for 10 years with Honeydew.Murdersdrift was riddled with crime then,it has got worse.The police,sadly,are poorly trained,dont get me wrong,there are still some very competent police members,but their workload is immense.So Mr police general,extract your digit and get on and earn your fat salary.Protect us,if you cant,then quit.Sooner or later people are going to start vigilanty groups.

  • Allison Christie Burger - 2013-03-11 10:02

    I'm sure if they took the percentage of crime reported per resident in Mulderdrift the statistic would be very different! You can't compare resident numbers in Mulderdrift to Central Pretoria. Of course there will be more crimes reported in an area where you have 10 people living in a 2 bedroom apartment!

  • cj.venter - 2013-03-11 10:09

    burglar bars, car alarms, electric fences, pallisades, barbed wire and private security....a long list of taxes to seperate us from our hard earned money. where were all these things in the 80's?

      wendy.barnett.1238 - 2013-03-12 06:41

      Good point cj!

  • michael.mcmaster.503 - 2013-03-11 10:11

    Surely the number of people in a given area vs. number of crimes reported gives you a more accurate statistic? Although Muldersdrift has only 1992 reported crimes, i'm assuming they are a lot smaller than Pretoria Central for example when it comes to population density? Is it just me thinking that these stats actually mean nothing then??

  • RManne - 2013-03-11 10:11

    Exactly what I was thinking the whole time I was reading this article. Proportional statistics are far different from "amount of crimes reported"

  • Deathstar Mars - 2013-03-11 10:13

    The odd thing this they talking about the number of crimes but where are the solutions for these problems ,somethimes the failure of these uneducated police men is pretty mind puzzling now i wonder how earth did they get to become police men.

  • lolo.marothe - 2013-03-11 10:23

    If anyone needs answers to pretoria central! Ask the shop owners. Especially van der walt street going down, from proes - struben(most dangerous)- bloed. Doregos staff can identify the culprits. And with our men in uniform, together with the security taking very good bribes there.

  • Jean Mboule - 2013-03-11 10:23

    Why is the ANC being blame for the crime levels in this country? someone please help me understand. Isnt it a general problem with the society and not only a government one? Poverty levels should be blamed for the level, the poverty that was inherited through the inequality legacy re-inforced by the previous government. 18 yrs are unfortunately not enough to reverse that and seeing that the people in charge now are running another agenda, there are high chances of a balance being restore. yes they are messing up big time with corruption but in my mind, crime is not an issue the government alone has to fix. It's a problem to be addressed by the society as a whole. Now gimme thumbs down for those that can't see this has to be a collective effort. We can't always blame the government for inefficiencies. Society + government think together as communities. That's nation building. My view, my opinion. RIP to all the people affected by violent crime. CRIME should not be politicized.

      Jean Mboule - 2013-03-11 10:25

      *high chances for balance not to be restored...

      heini.botes - 2013-03-11 10:35

      Tell me something Jean, if apartheid is to blame for every single thing gone wrong in this country even 20yrs later...What is the rest of Africa's excuse?? Cause you see this behaviour and scenes everywhere in Africa. Hunger, disease, little to no education, uncivilize behaviour, tribal mob attacks, the list goes on and on. Let's start by having small sustainable families and not 6-7 kids per family, a family that is so poor they can't even support 2, so why have 7. Where do you think are those kids going to end up? I can tell you, but i think you already know! No government in the world can sustain itself to a civilization who keeps on having 7 kids at a time!

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-11 10:37

      If you don't want it to be political, then they should dismantle two ministries, the one for police and the one for security and safety, these are the ministries and their depratments who are supposed to MANAGE the crime problem, the initiatives and management roadmaps to do the management should be coming from them. The overwhelming number of people of south africa vote ANC, so the overwhelming numbers of criminals are anc. And the ministreis mentioned above are headed by the anc people who voted thezse people to do a job, and not use stats as a smokescreen or as some figure game to adjust and thereby "brag" about where and when crime happens. Stats should be used as a tool to make the manangement of crime PREVENTION thereoff easier. Instead of looking at the crime the goverment should focus on CRIME PREVENTION MANAGEMENT

      MSGRules - 2013-03-11 12:49

      @Jean---are you serious. Who has been driving the country down the hole the past years and it got ramped up since zuma becamse president. The cANCer. when the "democracy" was instituted the people were left to be free for too long and now the freedom has been taken for "we can do what we want"

      Tebusweke Joshua - 2013-03-12 08:59

      Poverty is a result of materialism . Pple want thngs they dont need .

  • Nadia Graf - 2013-03-11 10:26

    Some of us don't even bother to report the crimes because there is no action or response. When a Captain in the SAPS calls you aside at the crime scene and tells you to be careful which policeman you give your statement too, you know for sure you are in deep s..t!

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-03-11 10:39

      Just buy a gun but please don't shoot your gf/bf

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-11 10:29

    Wow, I bet these statements wil make the residents feel so much safer.

  • hjohn.marquis - 2013-03-11 11:55

    What a poor article; shame on the police and reporter in this regard. If you look at the number they are absolute crime numbers. No breakdown per crime group or the accepted norm of crime per number of people. Of course Mulderdrift comes in at 105 compared to the others as the statistic that has been given is a numbers game.The policing areas that have the highest crime reported figures also represent those areas with the highest densities of population. Mulderdrift has a low level of density thus does not feature. If however, you completed a competent analysis of the numbers it will probably paint a very different picture.

  • Colin Spear - 2013-03-11 12:14

    so where can we see this report?

  • Varshan Mahabel - 2013-03-11 15:00

    I love it how crime stats are used to compare areas and justify the amount of crime that occurs there.

  • Corrie Botha - 2013-03-11 15:15

    Ôk put the 1 992 crimes in muldersdrift into percentage of residents idiots then rate them again

  • Jayson Beckwith - 2013-03-12 05:26

    It's all good and well giving the stats. What is there action plan to deal with the problem? It always amazes me when I stop at certain intersections. Then you see the signs. CAUTION HI JACK HOTSPOT. Obviously there is not enough man power to man every corner. Just a suggestion. In the UK they use CCTV cameras on all hotspot areas. Not only is it bullet proof evidence in court. But it is also a major deterrent to all scum bags out there. At least it's a start. I know some cities are using this technology. But with these stats this where they should be watching.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-12 07:03

    People's justice please!

  • truthbetold221 - 2013-03-12 07:41

    It makes more sense to say these are the top 5 compared to saying these account for 10% of all the crime.

  • Ricky Singh - 2013-04-08 10:42

    Hey,I have my own map of crime hot-spots in SA.Check out Google maps,its the whole of South Africa.What a revelation!

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