Latest South Africa crime data reveals hijacking hotspots

The latest crime statistics from South Africa Police have revealed hijacking hotspots across the country, with the crime increasing by 14%.

The data provided by the South African Police Service highlights crimes including murder, rape and other serious law breaking activity, with hijacking increasing by 14% YoY. Across the first half of 2021, 5,146 hijackings were noted compared to 5,866 in 2022. The statistics also show that from Q4 in 2021 to Q1 in 2022, hijacking was up by 8.6%. Mpumalanga was the only province to experience a decrease from the same period last year, down by 23.4% from 394 cases to only 302.

During Q1, Gauteng recorded 3,113 hijackings while the third placed Western Cape comes in with 754 reported incidents with the Nyanga, Phillipi East and Harare stations taking the top three spots.

The statistics also revealed that the most common type of vehicle to be hijacked are sedans, hatchbacks and coupes.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police of South Africa has come under fire for his previous controversial statements regarding rape and crime with opposition political parties lamenting the shocking crime statistics in South Africa as a result of a broken system in need of reform.

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