[The Herald] Nelson Mandela Bay’s crime hotspots

Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele ranked among 30 most dangerous places in country described as ‘a war zone’

Two of the country’s most deadly policing precincts are in Port Elizabeth. The areas – Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele – are ranked among the top 30 most dangerous in SA, while Gelvandale tops the national list in terms of attempted murders.

Startling figures for Nelson Mandela Bay show rampant violent crime – two people murdered, three raped and four robbed every day.

This was revealed on Tuesday when police minister Bheki Cele addressed parliament’s police portfolio committee on the annual crime statistics.

DA legislature leader Bobby Stevenson said the figures showed a bloody wave of violent crime sweeping through the Eastern Cape.

Stevenson said this demonstrated that the police were in desperate need of an overhaul.

“It is clear that the SAPS is under-resourced, undertrained, under-equipped and under-staffed which is why the battle to keep the people of the Eastern Cape safe is being lost,” he said.

“Funds spent to protect politicians could be better used to buy vehicles that can be used for patrolling and increasing manpower.”

The above is an extract from The Herald, published on 12 September 2018.