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MBABANE – Police have admitted that they were faced with serious crimes challenge.

This is with regard to a rise in crimes of violence which comprise of murder, armed robberies and rape.

All these crimes have shot up in the last three months when compared to the 2018 statistics of the same period.
This is according to the police first quarter performance report, which was tabled by the Prime Minister, Ambrose Dlamini, in the House of Assembly on Monday.

The police reported that there were 38 cases of murder which were reported during the reporting period versus the 32 cases in the parallel period last year.
It was reported that the incidents of murder occurred mostly under the phenomenon of gender-based violence where 15 cases were recorded.
“Other homicides occur during drinking sprees and others are as a result of dagga- related wars,” reads the report.

Armed robbery, according to the police, was another form of violent crime that continued to rear its ugly head and that these were perpetuated by syndicated groups.


A total of 63 cases were recorded against 56 cases in the April to June period in 2018.
According to the report, since the introduction and operationalisation of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act, there has been improvement in reporting of sexual offences cases.

The police said as a result, 200 cases had been recorded during the first quarter when compared to 114 cases last year.
In the case of gender-based violence, the police reported that during the period under review, 209 cases were recorded against 150 during the same period in 2018.

“This illustrates an increase of 39.3 per cent,” reported the police. 
Meanwhile, the police reported that missing persons continued to escalate and posed a security threat as in most instances, some resulted from crimes such as human trafficking, murder and suicides.

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