There has been an upsurge in criminal cases in Matabeleland South province, according to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
Most of the crimes committed include cattle rustling, murders and the rape of juveniles.
This was revealed by the Officer Commanding Matabeleland South province, Commissioner Patson Nyabadza during the re-launch of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Client Service Charter at Mqegula Business Centre, Mangwe District on Wednesday. He said:
Our province has recorded a significant rise in the crime situation for the period from January to April 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.
In 2018 we recorded 20 murder incidents and this year we have recorded 30 murder cases while stock theft cases rose from 375 to 402 cases.
Another crime of concern is the rape of juveniles which increased from 73 in 2018 to 84 this year. We, however, recorded a decline in some crimes which include armed robbery where firearms are used.
These dropped from 15 last year to six this year while unlawful entry cases decreased from 545 to 528 in the period under review.
Commissioner Nyabadza revealed that general theft cases and fraud cases have also increased while thefts from vehicles have decreased.
Most of the crimes in the provinces are committed by criminals using knives, axes and knobkerries.