Crime combating review for Gauteng

Premier David Makhura will meet with SAPS, members of civil society and traffic police.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng will undergo a comprehensive review of its crime combating strategy, Premier David Makhura said on Thursday.

This as a safety summit gets underway in Germiston over the next two days.

He says he will meet with the South African Police Service (SAPS), members of civil society, Gauteng traffic police as well as metro police departments in all three cities.

Makhura says he is hoping to emerge with the foundations of a new crime prevention and safety plan for the province.

"We are quite worried with the increases in certain types of crime, particularly violent crimes, which would include assault with grievous bodily harm, robbery and murder. We are doing a comprehensive review of our crime prevention strategies."

The 2014 crime statistics paint a bleak picture in a number of areas.

Figures also show that house robberies increased by more than 7 percent across the country, but by a staggering 12 percent in Gauteng and 14 percent in the Western Cape.

The 19,284 robberies inside the homes of South Africans is higher than the number recorded in 2010 and the highest in the last decade.

Police statistics also show 17,068 murders were recorded in the 2013/2014 year, up from 16,259 in 2012/2013.

Car hijackings increased for a second consecutive year. Gauteng recorded a 22 percent increase.

However, statistics do show reductions in sexual offences but this could be due to under-reporting.

There have also been fewer instances of assault and motor vehicle theft.