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GP police commissioner 'deeply concerned' with crime stats

Lesetja Mothiba says he is concerned following a significant increase in most categories of serious crimes.

FILE: Approximately 8, 455 rape cases were opened at various police stations across the province over the past financial year. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESURG - Gauteng police say the number of sexual offences reported in the province decreased by 3,5 percent between April 2014 and March this year, compared to the previous period.

Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has presented the crime statistics to the community safety committee, which show an overall an increase of 0,7 percent.

Mothiba is not pleased with the outcome of the statistics, with a significant increase in most categories of serious crimes.

High volumes of sexual offences have been reported at the Temba, Ivory Park, Alexandra, Hilbrow and Moroko police stations.

Other serious crimes increased over the past financial year, with a rises in murder, attempted murder and robbery of between eight and 11 percent.

Approximately 8,455 rape cases were opened at various police stations across the province over the past financial year.

Mothiba says he is deeply concerned about this high figures.