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Every province of South Africa records truck hijackings with 410 incidents in three months, police report.
All nine provinces of South Africa recorded truck hijackings in the latest quarterly statistics reported by the South African Police
Data for the three months ended 30 September 2021 shows a total of 410 incidents, one fewer than for the same period of 2020. Gauteng province remains the location of the majority of truck hijacking crimes, accounting for 253 incidents during this reporting quarter, up 2% YoY.
Mpumalanga saw the second highest rate of incidents, with 50 in total – up 42.9%. Eastern Cape, meanwhile, recorded 40 hijackings, five more than in the same quarter of 2020. North West province also saw a rise in attacks with 14, compared to 4 in the corresponding data for last year.
Of the three provinces seeing a fall in truck hijackings in July, August and September 2021, Western reported the highest reduction of 62.5% to 18 incidents versus 48 a year ago.
According to SAPS, attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles over the three months fell 18.8% to 52 crimes. Eastern Cape accounted for 13 of these incidents, six more versus the same quarter of 2020 while CIT hijackings in Gauteng province reduce to 12 from 27 in the previous year.