17 September 2018 Read: 303
Tzaneen (Total crimes: 6 475)
Crime in Tzaneen seems to be on the decrease if the national Crime Statistics released this week are to be believed. Though the numbers have dropped, the problem still persists and if one takes into account the crime to population ratio, the 6 475 crimes reported for the Tzaneen precinct are still cause for concern.
A total of 13 murders were reported which is lower than last year’s 17, but still equals the 2016 figure. Sexual Offences cases were up by one from last year to 82 cases reported. This category showed a drop in rape cases from 76 reports in 2017 to 69 cases in 2018. Sexual assault however, was up by five cases to eight reported this year.
Theft and robbery still remain a problem. This year there were 300 cases of shoplifting reported which, although high, has dropped down from a staggering 460 cases way back in 2009. Last year the number of reported shoplifting cases were 325.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs showed an increase from 45 case to 54 in the last year while drug-related crime drastically increased from 122 cases to a worrisome 172 for 2018. These crimes were all detected because of direct police intervention and do not include the crimes reported by the public.
Property-related crimes showed some mixed results. Residential burglaries declined from 356 in 2017 to 336 reported in 2018, but non-residential burglaries (business premises) showed an increase from 199 last year to 208 reports this year.
Namakgale (Total Crimes: 2 740)
There were four murders and seven attempted murders in this township on the outskirts of the Phalaborwa town. Assault GBH rose from 135 to 141 counts with sexual offences increasing from 53 to 57.
There were three cases of arson and 92 reports of malicious damage to property. Burglary at residential premises was down from 434 to 347 while burglary at non-residential premises dropped from 99 to 56 cases.
Theft of motor vehicle (including motorcycle) dropped from 21 to six counts and theft from motor vehicle, was down from 81 last year to 57 this year. Stock theft dropped to two counts.
Drug-related crime was up from 193 to 244 and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol rose from 104 to 128 counts.
There were 45 rape cases, 11 sexual assault cases and one attempted sexual assault case reported.
Gravelotte (Total Crimes: 347)
Gravelotte recorded one murder for the last year which was the first report since 2014 when three murders were reported. There were three attempted murder cases and two sexual offences. Assault GBH was down from nine counts to seven this year and common assault dropped to 11 cases from the 20 reported in 2017.
Burglaries at residential properties were down from 20 to 14 counts while burglaries at non-residential premises dropped from 15 to just eight cases.
Nkowankowa (Total Crimes: 3 987)
20 Murders, 28 attempted murders and 108 sexual assaults cases were reported in this area for the last year. Assault GBH was up from 244 to 277 counts with common assault also up from 113 to 126. Common robbery saw an increase too with 61 cases reported while robbery with aggravating circumstan-
ces rising to 203 cases.
There were nine cases of arson reported and 163 cases of malicious damage to property. Burglary at non-residential premises dropped from 101 to 81 counts while burglary at residential properties shot up from 274 counts to 359 cases.
Illegal possession of weapons or ammunition was the highest in the area with 17 cases opened. Drug-related crime was up from 119 to 153 and there were 16 car-jackings reported.
There were 106 rapes and two sexual assaults reported.
Lenyenye (Total Crimes: 4 651)
21 Murders, 30 attempted murders and 115 sexual assault cases were opened in the Maake precinct for this year alone. Assault GBH was down from 345 cases last year, to 318 for this year while common assault remained the same on 181 counts.
Common robbery dropped to 75 cases and robbery with aggravating circumstances rose sharply from 171 counts to 195 in the last year. There were 12 cases of arson and 165 cases of malicious damage to property.
Burglary at non-residential premises dropped to 172 counts from 198 reported last year and burglary at residential premises was down from 325 to 275. A total of 18 vehicles were stolen with theft from motor vehicle dropping to 64 counts from the previous year’s 90.
Drug-related crime was down to 212 cases and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol was up from 46 to 52 counts. There were 22 counts of carjacking reported.
By far the most shocking statistic is the 107 counts of rape (up from last year’s 91 cases), five counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted sexual assaults reported for this year alone.
Modjadjiskloof (Total Crimes: 1 399)
The sleepy hollow of the Mopani region reported three murders for 2018. This is two counts less than the five cases reported last year. Sexual offences were down from 33 to 24 and attempted murder decreased by 50% to 4 cases this year. There were 20 cases of rape reported.
Assault GBH was down two counts to 93 cases while common assault dropped from 54 cases in 2017 to 47 reports for the current period. Robbery with aggravating circumstances showed a sharp increase from 35 to 43 cases and common robbery climbed to 14 cases.
Burglary at residential premises dropped by three counts to 74 while burglary at non-residential premises was almost cut in half to 37 cases. A major problem in this area is the 51 cases of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol which almost doubled from 27 cases to 51 in the space of just a year.
Phalaborwa (Total Crimes: 2 227)
One murder and one attempted murder was reported in Phalaborwa for this year which is a drop from five counts reported during 2017 (the highest since 2009). Assault GBH was up from 27 counts to 30 this year while common assault dropped from 46 to 44.
Robbery was up from 26 to 27 counts and robbery with aggravating circumstances increased drastically from 31 to 44 counts. Burglary at residential premises was up from 138 to 178 counts while burglaries at non-residential premises was down from 82 to 67 cases. Theft of motor vehicle (including motorcycles) increased from 13 to 17 counts and theft out of motor vehicle dropped from 57 cases to 53.
Commercial crime was up from 96 to 102 and shoplifting increased from 73 to 84 counts.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol increased from 60 counts to 86 while drug-related crime dropped from 38 to 37 counts.
Letsitele (Total Crimes: 3 643)
Stock theft remains a major concern for the farming community in this area. Stock theft showed an increase this year from 53 cases reported in 2017 to 59 cases for 2018. Theft of motor vehicles (which include motorcycles) increased from 9 counts to 11 while theft out of a motor vehicle showed a decline from 63 cases reported last year, to 41 for this year.
Residential burglaries were up from 201 to 215 with non-residential burglaries dropping from 137 to 98 cases.
Assault GBH showed a massive increase from 278 cases last year, to 315 this year. Common assault was also up from 118 to 129. Murder dropped down to eight cases this year with attempted murder cases down by one count to 23. Sexual Offences continue to rise with 100 cases reported this last year. Drug-related crime was up from 115 cases reported last year, to 159 counts for this year. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol was up drastically from 96 to 120 counts.
Rape was up by seven counts to 88 and attempted sexual offences rose to 10 counts.
Haenertsburg (Total Crimes: 469)
Three murders and five sexual offences cases were opened in this little village during the last year. There were 16 counts of assault GBH and six counts of common assault. Common robbery dropped from five cases last year to three this year and robbery with aggravating circumstances rose from 16 to 17 counts.
There were 23 cases of malicious damage to property which is the highest on record since 2009. Burglary at residential premises dropped from 56 counts to 50 this year and burglary at non-residential premises was down from 17 to 12.
Theft out of motor vehicle rose drastically from three cases to 14 which is also the highest number on record since 2009. Theft of motor vehicle (including motorcycles) dropped from four cases to one.
Drug-related crime was up from 35 to 46 counts and there were two cases of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There were three counts of rape.