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South Africans are more in danger in their own homes than ever before

South Africans are more in danger in their own homes than ever before as police statistics revealed a dramatic increase in most violent crimes.

"We're not happy about the figures. It's a big no that people are dying, that people in their own houses are not safe, that people in their beds are faced with guns," said national police commissioner Bheki Cele in response to a question from The Times at a briefing in Cape Town yesterday.

Although murder was reduced by 3.4%, violent crimes are on the rise for the second consecutive year with police seemingly unable to stop the scourge.

* House robbery rose by 27.3% between April last year and March, compared with 13.5% the previous year;

* Business robbery rose a staggering 41.5% in the financial year ending March, compared with 47.4% the previous year; and

* Car hijackings are up by 5% this financial year compared with 4.4% the year before.

The ANC issued a statement saying that the increase in violent crime has made more urgent the need to amend Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act that restricts the police's use of force.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said government was "deeply concerned" about the rise in house robberies, saying it will receive "our most serious attention".

"A person's home is his/her last line of defence. We simply cannot tolerate a situation where people do not feel safe in their homes. House robberies affect communities from all walks of life," he said.

Police statistician Dr Chris de Kock said that, despite the decrease in the murder rate, "docket analysis showed definite growth of murders as a result of robbery".

Commercial crime increased by 16% while attempted murder and assault both decreased by 4.3%. Sexual offences - a new category combining rape and indecent assault - increased by 10.1%.

Gauteng is the most dangerous province to live in terms of violent crime, while the Northern Cape is the safest.

KwaZulu-Natal is South Africa's new murder capital with 4747 killings compared with second-placed Gauteng with 3884.

Gauteng remains the most dangerous in terms of house robbery (8122 cases), business robbery (6216) and sex crimes (17902).

The Northern Cape, in comparison, had 45 house robberies, 121 business robberies and seven hijackings.

The Institute for Security Studies crime analyst Dr Johan Burger said that although the murder rate was marginally down, the statistics were "worrying".

"It shows us that the police's strategy in fighting trio crimes (house robberies, business robberies and hijackings) is either not working and there is something wrong, or we are missing something," he said.

"The statistics show us that we do not understand the problems sufficiently yet in order to effectively deal with them."

Nantes Kelder, head of Afriforum's community safety department, said: "My concern is that police are losing the fight against crime, they are failing us."

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre said cash in transit heists "remain a concern".

"While the national crime statistics demonstrate a 2.3% increase in attacks, the Cash in Transit industry crime information managed by Sabric shows a year-to-date increase of 18%," Sabric chief executive Kalyani Pillay said in a statement.

Barbara Holtmann, senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said that for the "past several years", there has "been a trend towards more violent crime in the suburbs".

"One of the reasons . is the increase in levels of security and target hardening - the more we build up our defences the more aggressive and organised the criminals need to be," she said.

Mthethwa said that to fight crime, an audit of "available resources both human and material, and the deployment of such, was under way".

"The new Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation would consolidate efforts by concepts such as the War Room, where suspects linked to violent organised crime have been tracked and arrested," he said.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation senior researcher David Bruce said the police's focus on a trio crimes reflected middle-class priorities.

He said pressure on police stations to provide lower statistics had an impact on the numbers.

"Some of the statistics I regard as implausible, particularly the [decreasing] trends in common assault and street robbery," he said.


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  • That is coming to the USA in a few decades.

    I see more gated farm communities in the future. They would be self sustaining and they would be able to defend themselves.

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  • You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why the crime is so high... especially when you look at the demographics.

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  • Bear in mind that the police only record crime stats where a person is injured and needing hospital treatment, if they are not injured requiring hospital treatment it's not documented, at the same token case #s are only issued if the victim is covered by insurance which the majority are not because of the high premiums. That is how SA is bringing the crime stats down to make it look good for the 2010 world cup.

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  • So much for whitey relinquishing control. Seems to be working out just fine.

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  • LMFAO what did you expect history has shown what will happen. No matter where there in charge this happens no supprise.

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  • "The statistics show us that we do not understand the problems sufficiently yet in order to effectively deal with them."


    Bullshit. EVERYBODY understands why this is happening. But let's just continue pretending we don't know why.

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  • the whites "stepped down" from running what was an orderly and prosperous country- so now that the blacks run things, why isn't it an African paradise instead of the chaotic, violent mess it is now?

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  • I think they should hire that one woman from US who made up rule that police cant go foot or car pursuit of suspects. But really i couldnt care less about country that gives jobs based on race and not actual skill. Sooner or later their infra will run down unless they sort the shit out.

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  • let them destroy themselves up,, back to the bush soon.

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  • Nobody is ever suprised that Africa is in danger or poor or violent or a shit hole or has a AIDs epedemic or a new virus that will eventually be given to North America. It's just there history. I hate to sound like a racist, I mean I truely do. I usually pride myself in trying to be one. However is it just me or is that when a black guy or women tries to get into politics in any country. Everything always turns to shit?

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  • Roll on the World Cup , this'll be a hoot .

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  • i know they have a long history in south africa and all but it seems like a losing battle for whites there.

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  • I read in an article one of the major reasons why the govt. is so laxed on fighting crime is that everything stolen/damaged that has to be replaced or repaired involes a VAT tax of 14%, so if the crime in theft, hi-jacking of vehicles, damage to property, medicare, etc cost the country (citizens and insurance Companies) 180 million Rand per annum, efectively the govt scores 14% of that in sales/VAT tax, that ammounts to a tidy sum of guaranteed money, consider it, and wonder why in most countrie More..

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  • how long will we keep ignoring the obvious?

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  • I wonder if it would of been different if they weren't oppressed.

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    • Well they certainly worse off now they have their "FREEDOM". High unemployment, negative growth rate, cost of living sky rocketing, money is not being fed back into the system, it's been hoarded and placed into Swiss banking accounts etc, paying for luxury palaces and prestige cars or 4X4s and multi million Rand dwellings with 24/7 armed guards as well as extravigant ceremonies etc. Then there is fraud and corruption on a major scale to which very few of the calprits ever get caught.

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  • Get some guns and kill the Jiggers when they are breaking into your home. And stop whining like a little democrat.

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