Since the national state of lockdown was introduced on March 27, more than 40,000 people in Gauteng have already been arrested for violating the lockdown regulations.
Almost 9,000 people have already been convicted, Lieutenant General. Elias Mawela, Gauteng Police Commissioner, told the Gauteng Portfolio Committee on Community Safety.
As of May 17, 41,722 people were arrested and 8,659 were convicted on charges of violating the lockdown.
There were already 37 541 cases, 36 527 people were charged and 771 cases are still being investigated. A total of 4 029 people received warnings, while 806 were released on bail and another 1 116 on warning.
In the cases that came before the court, 1 942 people were found not guilty, 15 paid an admission of guilt and 6 702 cases were withdrawn.
Mawela also referred to domestic violence charges at the time, saying there was a 32.1% decline in the province.
The biggest drop (-43.3%) occurred on the West Rand, while the decline in Johannesburg was 36.5%. In Tshwane, the decline was -28.5%, Ekurhuleni -26.6% and Sedibeng -16.3%.
But while domestic violence incidents have decreased, there has been an increase in thefts at businesses and inventory has been stolen.
“The only categories of crime we are currently facing are the business break-ins and the theft of inventory. Especially the theft of stock is increasing as evidenced by the number of people we have arrested in their possession with stolen stock. ”
Apart from that, the other crimes decrease.
He said one of the major challenges at present is the illegal occupation of land.