DA blames ANC for rising crime in Gauteng

Solly Msimanga. Photo: File

The Gauteng DA has blamed the ANC for the rise in crime in the province following the release of the national crime statistics on Tuesday.

Tshwane mayor and DA Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanaga said the rise in murder and sexual offences in the province was an indication of the ANC government’s failure to deal with crime.

“This highlights that the failing ANC has lost control of the crime situation in Gauteng, and has no plan to restore order and keep the people of the province safe.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele published the 2017/18 crime statistics on Tuesday that showed that murder had gone up by 3.2 percent in the province, sexual offences by 5.7% with 10 116 cases – 8 062 of them being rape.

ALSO READ: Serious crimes show a spike in the east

Msimanga said the biggest problem was that police were under-resourced.

“The ANC has chosen to allocate R9.1 million to protect each VIP rather than increase what they spend to keep ordinary South Africans safe. The failed ANC only spends R1 500 to keep each citizen of South Africa safe.”

Nationally, murder went up by nearly 7% to more than 20 000 incidents in the period under review.

Tshwane ANC said its response would be issued later.

ALSO READ: Latest crime statistics for SA 2018

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