SA murder rate increases by 4

Sexual offences such as rape dropped in the past year, with the 53 617 incidents reported constituting a 5% decrease on the previous year.


In addition, attempted murders had also risen by 3.2 per cent to 17,537, while assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm increased by 0.1 per cent to 182,556. To think we can resolve the issue of murder on our own is effectively just hallucination in a sense, because it’s a social problem.

Opposition parties have claimed it is “glaringly obvious that South Africa desperately needs specialised units to tackle a few of the most serious crime problems”, describing the levels of crime as a “tidal wave”. In fact, in South Africa there are many criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities.

The ANC, which praised the police for their work, also raised a few concerns over the increase in contact crimes.

When it comes to contact crimes, overall down by 0.95 nationally, Phiyega told MPs decreases were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

The Minister said 83.4% the serious crimes that were reported by members of the community led to the arrests and charging of 1 795 947 persons, of which 4,808 were arrested by elite crime fighting unit the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).

“We thought the police might have wanted to juggle the results a little but it seems they have resisted the temptation”, Burger said.

By now, you’ve heard about the latest South African crime stats released on Tuesday.

“To say it’s not under control is not true”.

“When all is said and done, crime statistics are not only about numbers and the performance of the police, but a mirror reflection of the society at large”. “If society kills police, we are killing ourselves”, Nhleko said.

Mamabolo says communities need to play a greater role in crime combatting. “In reflecting about the figures, commentators often forget that victims are not ink on paper but human beings, real people of flesh and blood”. According to a local politician called Diane Kohler “This number of deaths is what one would expect from a country at war”(4).

“With a budget of around 80 billion rand (about $5.7 billion), a few of the best technology in the world, and more than 194 000 personnel, the SAPS (the South African Police Service) should be better able to reduce crimes such as robbery”, Newham said in a statement.

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Thulani Gqirana is the Mail & Guardian’s parliamentary correspondent.

South African murder rate soars to 49 a day