South Africa crime statistics: Cele announces 1.4% spike in murders

South Africa crime statistics: Cele announces 1.4% spike in murders

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced the latest crime statistics in South Africa for the previous year

- Murders took the spotlight, with this crime seeing a 1.4% increase in comparison to the year before

- Nearly 60 murders per day were noted, with arguments labelled the leading cause noted by the minister

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Police Minister Bheki Cele is providing South Africa with the latest crime statistics for the past financial year.

Speaking during a media briefing on Friday, Cele noted a 1.4% increase in murders with 21 325 in total reported during this period.

Essentially, this means that 303 more murders had been reported, roughly 58 deaths per day in the country.

The majority of murders occurred in public spaces with 9 714 incidents taking place on the street or recreational areas. 5 522 Murders happened in SA homes.

The leading reason for murders was arguments ( 3 447 cases) and domestic-related issued ( 1 482 cases).

South Africa crime statistics: Cele announces 1.4% spike in murders
Cele updated the nation on the latest crime statistics. Image: GCIS
Source: UGC

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As for murders on farms and smallholdings, Cele reported that two more had been recorded for the past year with 49 murders in 46 incidents taking place.

General Kehla Sitole says that police are making full use of online platforms to counter farm murders, explaining that reservists have been used in addition to traditional policing.

Technology like drones, according to Sitole, is going to mean a reduction for police in regards to this issue.

Within his own force, the minister noted that 73 police members had been killed, 38 of which had taken place while the officer had been off duty.

1 430 Of murder perpetrators were found to be under the influence of alcohol when the crime had occurred. Contact crimes have also seen a slight increase of 0.7% or 4 072 cases.

Turning the spotlight onto gender-based violence, Cele said that 312 new police members have been trained to tackle the issue. Authorities have victim friendly rooms where the aim is to keep the vulnerable safe after an attack.

In other news, reported that ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has been exposed for questionable behaviour after being caught on tape swearing at and even threatening to shoot a journalist.

The African National Congress has addressed the scandal and condemned the politician in a statement issued on Friday.

The ruling party used the 'strongest possible terms' to distance itself from Mamabolo's behaviour:

“The ANC finds this conduct unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of the organisation. This behaviour is also not in keeping with what is expected of a public representative."

This comes after Sunday World journalist Ngwako Malatji exposed Mamabolo by releasing the contents of the conversation.

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