De Lange: Increase in murders, attempted murder Gauteng's biggest challenge

The provincial Police Commissioner says the 2016/2017 crime stats paint a gloomy picture where around 435 cases of murder were registered.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange delivering a keynote address at the launch of the 2017 Safer Festive Season Operations at the Mall of The South in Johannesburg. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange says that the increase in the murder and attempted murder statistics in the province remain their biggest challenge.

De Lange, together with Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, and other senior law enforcement officials met in Johannesburg last night to unpack the 2016/2017 crime statistics.

The provincial police commissioner says that the 2016/2017 crime stats paint a gloomy picture where around 435 cases of murder were registered.

“The high volume of murders and attempted murder categories will be attributed and not limited to one, 186 domestic violence cases, death by mob justice registers 105 murders, taxi violence that generated 82 murders and illegal mining that generated 25 murders cases.”

She says other contributing factors to the high murder rate included all murders that took place on farms or within close proximity, as well as mob justice killings, while the stats for contact crimes between July and September this year show a 6.1% increase.