Post-2020, crime rates continue to soar in South Africa. This follows Police Minister Bheki Cele releasing the latest crime statistics on Friday, 14 May 2021— showcasing the actual “state of our nation”.
Nationally, 4 976 people were murdered in the first three months of 2021, 387 more people than the corresponding period in the previous financial year. Meaning, the national murder stats have seen an increase of 8.4%.
A total of 9 518 rapes have been recorded nationally. Thus, while there has been a decline in rape, with 387 fewer cases reported, one cannot ignore the fact that we are nearing the 10 000 mark in such crimes—being a significant cause for concern.
Moreover, there have been a total of 4 513 reported carjacking, being 210 cases more than the first three months of 2020. Robbery at residential premises has seen an increase of 372 cases, with 5 288 cases reported in the first three months of 2021. Robbery at non-residential premises has also seen a drastic increase, 4 872 cases more than last year’s 4 741 cases.
Looking at farm attacks, Minister Cele states, “In the first three months of 2021, 11 people were killed in 10 incidents of murder, which occurred on farms and small-holdings. Four of those murdered were farm dwellers, 4 were farmers or farm owners; 2 of the victims were farm employees while one was a night guard at a farm workshop.”
Furthermore, looking at the local crime in Newcastle and its surrounding areas, one must first note, there are 1,154 police stations in South Africa, divided according to the provincial borders.
Madadeni has found itself placing 15th on the Top 30 stations for Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. During the past three months, the Madadeni Police station reported 160 such cases, 20 cases less than last year.
Adding to this, Madadeni is one of the areas where rape is a problematic crime. According to Cele’s crime statistics, Madadeni Police Station has found itself in the Top 30 Police Stations for Rape, reporting 37 cases in the past three months.
While it is known that burglaries in Newcastle have been an issue for several months, the latest crime statistics reveal the situation is worse than imagined. Newcastle finds itself among the Top 30 Police Stations for burglaries at non-residential premises. At 18th place, the Newcastle Police reported 71 cases, 22 more cases than last year.
Stock theft remains a trending crime in the area, with Escourt, Utrecht, Bergville, Dannhauser and Nongoma finding themselves on the Top 30 list for this crime.
In addition, Newcastle finds itself facing an overwhelming problem with other serious crimes, such as shoplifting and commercial crime, and theft not mentioned in the crime statistics category. Such is the seriousness of the matter that Newcastle ranks 24th in the Top 30 Police stations for Other Serious Crimes in the country. Regarding All Theft Not Mentioned Elsewhere in the statistics, Newcastle places 18th in the list of Top 30 Police stations for this crime category, while for shoplifting, Newcastle comes in 25th place.
Then there is driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Newcastle yet against finds itself on the list of 30 police stations in the country where this crime is most problematic. According to the crime stats, Newcastle ranks 24th in the nation with 57 cases, seven less than last year’s crime report. This means, out of 1 154 police stations in the country, Newcastle and Madadeni face overwhelming obstacles in combatting crime.
With the above-mentioned crime stats, what are your thoughts on Newcastle and Madadeni’s ranking? How do you feel the situation can be remedied?
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