Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange and her team presented the 2016/2017 crime statistics in the provincial legislature on Tuesday. Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange has singled out the Midrand Police Station as the worst performing station in Johannesburg. De Lange and her team presented the 2016/2017 crime statistics in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.
Makhura said police officers were not coping in their fight against crime and blamed this on poor leadership. Police men and women were not coping in the fight against crime in the province, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said as he delivered the State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Monday.
The Gauteng government has concluded a wide-ranging investigation into financial irregularities at 34 provincial licensing centres, identifying a syndicate that could involve hundreds of officials who have been accepting bribes in exchange for clearing unpaid fines. In coming days 19 officials at licensing and testing centres across Gauteng will be suspended, and criminal charges could be instituted against the private individuals and businesses that participated in the scam, Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi said during a briefing in Johannesburg.
In the space of just 24 hours, at least six people, including a young mother and police officer, have been murdered in several shootings and robberies across Gauteng. A woman picking up her teenage daughter from Springs Girls High School was shot and killed by suspected robbers. Her 7-year-old daughter was critically wounded. Another fatal shooting in Randburg claimed the lives of two other people yesterday.
Major General Deliwe Suzan De Lange has been appointed the new SA Police Service Commissioner of Gauteng, the office of Premier David Makhura has announced. Makhura welcomed her appointment, stating that she had over 30 years of police experience. “We wish to congratulate and welcome Major General De Lange in her new and demanding role. We are confident that she brings a wealth of experience with her to help us fight crime and build a safer Gauteng,” said Makhura.
Gauteng is well on its way to becoming a gangsters’ paradise, with a sharp increase this year in almost all contact crimes, house robberies, and a massive spike in carjackings and truck hijackings. Ivory Park was the most dangerous place in Gauteng last year. That policing area recorded 98 murders during 2014/15, a big jump from the 80 of the previous year.
Head of the Hawks in Gauteng Major-General Shadrack Sibiya has officially been given his marching orders. On Saturday, Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi confirmed that Sibiya had been dismissed. He warned that if any members of the Hawks were found to be involved in criminal activities they would be dismissed.
Crime data shows that Gauteng is by far the worst place in the country for car theft and hijackings, with precincts around Joburg and Pretoria hardest hit. This is according to data from Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, which neatly displays official reported crime data from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The worst 10 precincts for hijacking in the country are largely found in Gauteng, adding weight to the province’s title as the hijacking capital of South Africa.
Six men were arrested in Langlaagte for impersonating police officers, Gauteng police said on Thursday. Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said the six allegedly went to a factory on Wednesday night and told the people there that they were looking for drugs.
A new survey has found that almost a quarter of Gauteng residents have been a victim of crime in the past year. Conducted by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), the Quality of Life Survey (QoL) 2013 questioned 25,000 people to find satisfaction levels with governance in the province. “This third survey by the GCRO is probably the largest ever survey of social attitudes in Gauteng, with a sample of 27,493 respondents, and is accurate to ward level.”
Highly paid staff keep their jobs despite dodgy hiring process and lack of qualifications. The Gauteng internal audit unit – responsible for ensuring that the province is corruption-free and that other departments adhere to good governance principles – has been hit by an irregular appointments scandal after an internal investigation revealed several senior managers are unqualified.
The Gauteng education department has awarded EducSolutions a multi-million rand contract to provide textbooks and other learning material in the province. The company has been blamed for the non-delivery of textbooks in Limpopo and for leaving pupils without textbooks across the province. The Sunday Independent reported that EducSolutions would pocket part of the R155 million set aside for the delivery of textbooks and other material to 190 schools.