Chairperson of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety, Honourable Sochayile Khanyile (pictured), has expressed concern about the rise of murder cases in Gauteng.
This followed today’s Committee briefing by Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange on the 2015/16 Crime Statistics in the Province.
Hon. Khanyile said the Committee noted a disturbing increase in murder incidents in the Province. “The Committee has noted that since the financial year 2012/13 incidents of murder increased by 29% in Gauteng. In the 2015/16 the province recorded a further 4.7% increase in murder incidents. The increase is a serious cause for concern for the Committee, as it paints a picture that Gauteng residents are not safe in the Province,” he said.
He said more intervention programs were needed in areas where these incidents where more prevalent.
According to Khanyile, the fight against crime requires the involvement of all key role players and meaningful community participation.
And although crimes such as house robberies and sexual offences recorded a decrease in the 2015/16 financial year, the Committee still remains concerned, said Hon. Khanyile.
During the financial year under review incidents of house robberies have decreased by 3.4% as compared to the 2014/15 financial year. Sexual Offences have also seen a decrease of 4% when compared to the previous year.
He said the Committee has a mandate of conducting oversight over law enforcement agencies in the Province and is determined to see reduced crime incidents to ensure the safety of Gauteng residents.
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