Murder on the rise, sexual offences on the decline


FOURTEEN murders were committed in Komani police station area in the period April 2015 to March 2016, up from eight in the 2014/2015 period while Mlungisi showed an increase to 32 from 22.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane released the crime statistics for the said period last week.

The Komani area recorded 1 618 crimes, with attempted murders at five the same as the last corresponding area. The number of sexual offences decreased to 51 from 61 while assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm increased from 105 to 121.

Common assault decreased from 59 to 49, while common robbery decreased from 25 to 23. Robbery with aggravating circumstances decreased from 59 to 44, the lowest number in 10 years.

Drug-related crimes jumped up from 41 to 45 while burglary at non-residential premises decreased to 74 from 97 and burglary at residential premises remained at 130. A total of 27 vehicles and motorcycles were stolen in Komani this year – down from 30 in the previous period – and theft out of motor vehicle cases totalled 151, up from 117. Stock theft decreased from 83 to 57, while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs increased to 113 from 74. Shoplifting was down from 129 to 124 and car jacking decreased from four to two. Two incidents of truck hijacking were reported, compared to one the previous year, while robbery at residential premises decreased from 10 to five and robbery at non-residential premises from 13 to three..

In Mlungisi, sexual offences decreased from 102 to 93 with an increase in assaults with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm from 208 to 210. Robbery with aggravating circumstances also increased to 61 from the corresponding period’s 56 while the number of burglaries in residential areas moved up from 180 to 226. Theft of vehicles and motorcycles decreased to eight from 11 while theft out of, or from motor vehicles increased from 76 to 86 with stock theft remaining at six. While there were no car-jacking crimes last year, three incidents were recorded in the latest period. Robberies at residential premises were down to seven from nine and at non-residential premises from 16 to 9.

Statistics for Ezibeleni could not be traced.

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