Cape Town - Vehicle hijackings in South Africa declined by 2.3 percent in the last year, but still remain close to 10-year highs.
According to the 2017/18 national crime statistics released in Parliament on Tuesday, 16 325 hijackings were recorded in the country in the 2017/18 counting period, versus 16 717 in 2016/17. That’s 44 carjackings a day.
This is the second highest occurrence that we’ve seen in the last decade, and 73 percent up on 2011/12, albeit the latter was after a significant decline.
Numbers by province
Gauteng is still by far South Africa’s car hijacking capital, with 8269 incidents recorded in 2017/18, albeit a 4 percent decrease from the previous year.