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Kidnappings have been on the rise in South Africa in recent years. Image: Stock/Canva.

Crime stats: Gauteng leads in sharp increase of kidnapping cases in SA

SA has seen a sharp increase of kidnapping cases reported to the SAPS in the first three months of 2022., according to latest crime stats.

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Kidnappings have been on the rise in South Africa in recent years. Image: Stock/Canva.

A total of 3 306 kidnapping cases were opened with the police during the first 3 months of 2022. This was revealed by Police Minister, Bheki Cele when he presented the crime stats in Pretoria on Friday. 

Gauteng is the leading province with most reported cases of kidnapping.


During the briefing, Cele said the first three months of 2022 have unfortunately been marred by more murders, more sexual violence, and more assaults, compared to the same period in the previous year. 

Cele said the crime trend has shown a sharp increase with over 1 700 more cases reported to the police compared to the same comparative period.

Most of the kidnapping cases were highjacking, robbery and rape-related.

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A person being kidnapped in Fodsburg. Image: @Abramjee / Twitter

“The top three police stations with the highest reported kidnapping cases were Kempton Park, Heidelberg stations in Gauteng province and Delmas police station in Mpumalanga,” he said. 

Cele also revealed that the Gauteng province accounts for the bulk of the kidnapping cases, recording over a thousand more cases in the period of  reporting.

“These quarterly figures are used as a management tool to guide the operational plans of the SAPS. The statistics are not just only to quantify crime, or create debate in society.

“The figures also serve as a call of action for government, business, NGOs, civil society and communities to come on board in the fight against crime.”

Bheki Cele


Kidnapping incidents or cases are reported almost on a daily basis in various parts of Gauteng and the crime stats attest to this.

Last week, police in Gauteng arrested five suspects for hijacking, kidnapping and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Police spokesperson, Captain Dube said members from the Mondeor police station were patrolling the area when they came across a suspicious vehicle on Swartkoppies Road in Mayfield Park.

The vehicle reportedly had no license plate and was standing at the side of the road. Officers then found that one of the vehicle’s occupants had been kidnapped by the others after allegedly being hijacked in Eden Park.

A number of businessmen and other prominent figures have been kidnapped in the province. According to reports, kidnapping is one way criminals are now making money as they demand a ransom in order to release the kidnapped victim.

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