13 Sep Release of 1st quarter Crime Statistics.
On the 08th of September 2023, the Department of Community Safety’s MEC Xolile Nqatha held a Crime Statistics Release for the 1st Quarter of 2023/24 financial year at Matatiele Council Chamber in Matatiele, Alfred Ndzo District.
The stakeholders that graced the event with their presence were South African Police Service (SAPS), Department of Community Safety (DoCS), Community Policing Forum (CPF) Department of Department of Correctional Services and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).
The statistics outlined an increase of stock theft in Matatiele and other surrounding areas which are close to the Lesotho border, however there has been a significant decrease in Murder cases, Theft, Rape and Motor vehicle theft throughout the province.
The districts that have been identified as hotspot areas are O.R Tambo, Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality and Buffalo City Municipality. The MEC urged with various stakeholders and the community at large to work hand in hand with SAPS in the fight against crime, he also applauded the South African Police Service of Eastern Cape for their sterling work.
The MEC of Department of Community Safety Mr Xolile Nqatha welcomed the release of 1st quarter crime statistics.