- The latest crime statistics have been released by the SAPS
- Things are not looking too good, with more than 20 000 people murdered in the last year
- While this would not surprise most South Africans, Police Minister Bheki Cele isn't happy with the numbers
Thursday, 12 September saw the release of the latest crime statistics in South Africa, and they don't look great.
Of course, most South Africans would not be surprised - they are living these stats every day.
News24 reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele said: "We are not where we want to be."
According to the numbers released, 21 022 people were murdered in Mzansi between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.
52 420 were victims of sexual offences, reports TimesLIVE. That's an increase of 1.4% and 4.6%, respectively.
Briefly.co.za learnt that most shockingly, 736 murders were committed by kids.
The time period of Friday to Sunday contributes to 60% of all murders, and if Monday is included, the number goes up to 70%.
Cele is concerned by the stats, as he should be.
"There is a very high number of people who are murdered by people they know. Why do people behave like they are coming from the moon on weekends?"
Furthermore, the 'weapons of choice' seem to be bare hands, knives and boiling water.
1 724 cases of boiling water deaths were reported, and 128 acid attacks.
The stats indicate that all provinces in the country have seen an increase in contact crime.
Across SA, attempted murder cases have gone up to 1 898 - an increase of 4.1%.
On the bright side, cash-in-transit heists have gone down by 23.1%, and property-related crimes dropped by 2.5% to 12 804.
Stock theft has seen the biggest jump with a 2.9% increase and aggravated robbery increased by 1% to 140 032 cases reported.
Domestic violence was the cause of murders in 1 115 cases and mob justice and vigilantism contributed to 789 cases.
Cele says that despite the grim numbers, the increase in the murder rate has been halved compared to the previous financial year.
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