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According to The South African, The Victims of Crime Survey was released this morning, just a few weeks after the crime stats were shared by the SAPS. Neither publications are pleasant to read, as the statistics behind the illegal activity in South Africa become harder to comprehend. Hijackings are still a very big reality, despite fewer people being targeted this year.

In the previous year, 17 527 hijackings were reported in South Africa. The number has since dropped to 17 208, a small 1.82% decrease.

The VOC statistics provide us with a provincial breakdown and this is the result:

Hijackings in South Africa – which provinces are worst-affected?

Province Hijackings in 2017/18 Hijackings in 2018/19 Change in the number of incidents
Western Cape 2 303 2 411 Up by 4.69%
Eastern Cape 1 091 1 158 Up by 6.14%
Northern Cape 40 43 Up by 7.50%
Free State 267 275 Up by 3%
KwaZulu-Natal 2 750 2 844 Up by 3.41%
North West 466 532 Up by 14.16%
Gauteng 8 977 8 423 Down by 6.17%
Mpumalanga 1 017 1 033 Up by 1.57%
Limpopo 616 489 Down by 20.62%
South Africa 17 527 17 308 Down by 1.82%
  • North West is currently experiencing a shocking surge in hijackings (up 14%), and the province has seen a bigger jump in reports than anywhere else in the country.
  • Approximately 85% of all hijackings were reported to the police.

To read the full article click on the link: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/hijackings-where-most-happen-south-africa-provinces/

– The South African