Covid-19: Cele reports 72% decline in murders due to lockdown

Covid-19: Cele reports 72% decline in murders due to lockdown

- An undeniable benefit of having South Africa under lockdown has been a massive drop in crime

- Police Minister Bheki Cele says that murder in the country has dropped by 72%

- This drop was chalked up to the ban on liquor, restricted movement and an increase in security

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A snippet of morbid good news is that South Africa has experienced a steep drop in the number of murders committed during the lockdown.

Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the phenomenon, saying that the number of murder cases in March saw a 72% reduction in comparison to the same period last year.

Only 432 murders were reported during the lockdown period, 1 110 less than the number reported in March 2019.

News24 reports that attempted murder dropped by 857 cases to 443 and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm slumped by a dramatic 10 118 cases to only 1 758.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances dropped nearly 4 000 cases to 2 022 from last year's 6 654 cases.

READ ALSO: Covid-19: Cele says those worried about alcohol aren't serious

Carjacking went down to 219 cases, in comparison to 1 146 reported cases in March 2019.

However, Cele noted the highly debated issue of domestic violence, revealing that 3 061 reported cases took place during this time.

This was a huge decline from the 9 990 cases reported last year, with Cele commenting that:

"In four of the incidents during the lockdown, the boyfriends were allegedly killed by their girlfriends and in two of these incidents, the murder was a result of an argument over liquor. In one incident, the boyfriend refused to go out to buy liquor and in the other incident, the couple was under the influence of alcohol."

The minister says that this decline is largely due to restricted movement, a ban on alcohol and a drastic increase in security. reported that Cele had snubbed those seeking to have the alcohol ban lifted, adamant that they were not 'serious about life' and failed to understand the severity of the current coronavirus crisis.

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