Drugs leading to a crime high - researcher
Police have conceded that gang warfare in the Western Cape is straining policing resources.
An analysis of the crime statistics revealed that 13.1% of murders and 22.2% of attempted murders reported in the province between April 2011 and March this year were gang-related.
The Western Cape recorded the highest drug-related crimes in the same period, with 77069 cases reported.
In KwaZulu-Natal, 37415 drug-related cases were reported to the police.
Johan Burger, a crime researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, said the drug trade led to turf wars.
Gauteng also reported a dramatic leap in drug-related crimes, with 25949 cases reported between April 2011 and March, compared with 16457 cases reported the previous year.
The crimes gradually increased in all provinces:
- Eastern Cape recorded 11654 cases, compared with 9566 the previous year;
- Free State recorded 4463 cases compared with 4209 the previous year;
- KwaZulu-Natal recorded 37415 cases, compared with 32457 previously;
- Limpopo recorded 5254 cases, compared with 4634 the previous year;
- Mpumalanga recorded 4153 cases, compared with 3178;
- North West recorded 7678 cases, compared with 7166 the previous year; and
- Northern Cape recorded 2672 cases, compared with 2418 previously.
The number of drunk-driving cases also increased nationwide.