The latest crime statistics for the first quarter of the 2023/24 financial year have revealed both promising and concerning trends. While a decrease of 6.4% in carjacking cases between April and June this year is notable, Gauteng remains a focal point for this crime. See for yourself the top ten hijacking hotspots in Gauteng.
According to The South African, Police Minister Bheki Cele presented the comprehensive crime statistics on Friday, August 12, in Pretoria. The data highlighted key areas in Gauteng that have become hijacking hotspots, contributing to the province’s ongoing struggle with this crime.
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Top Ten Hijacking Hotspots in Gauteng:
- Olievenhoutbosch (Tshwane District)
- Protea (Johannesburg District)
- Moroka (Johannesburg District)
- Orange Farms (Sedibeng District)
- Midrand (Johannesburg District)
- Tembisa (Ekurhuleni District)
- Ivory Park (Ekurhuleni District)
- Pretoria West (Tshwane District)
- Akasia (Tshwane District)
- Jabulani (Johannesburg District)
Olievenhoutbosch, situated in the Tshwane District, emerged as the second-highest contributor to carjacking cases nationally, recording 90 incidents. This increase marked an increase of 33 cases compared to the same period in 2022. Following closely, Protea in the Johannesburg District saw a surge of 30 incidents compared to the previous year.
While Gauteng’s representation in the top ten hijacking hotspots is concerning, there is a silver lining in the national statistics. Nationally, there was a 6.4% reduction in carjacking cases, with 5,488 incidents reported this year compared to 5,866 in the same period in 2022.
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