- Police Minister Bheki Cele reveal to what extent alcohol played in violent crimes
- He revealed the 8.4% of violent crimes were committed by people under the influence of alcohol
- The places where alcohol is consumed was the 3rd most likely place for a violent crime to take place
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Police Minister Bheki Cele has found another interesting statistic from the recent crime stats. Alcohol played a part in 8.4% of violent crimes that were reported.
Briefly.co.za learned that Cele was an enthusiastic supporter of the alcohol ban and when he presented the crime stats from the previous financial year, it revealed what part alcohol plays in violent crime.
There were 372 174 murders, attempted murders, and assaults in 2019/20 and in 31 322 suspects were under the influence of alcohol according to News24.
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Not just the consumption of alcohol played a part but where alcohol was consumed did as well. Third on the list of most common places where violent crimes were committed were shebeens, taverns, pubs, night clubs and bottle stores.
The stats only include 4 days of the lockdown.
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that internal disciplinary probes have been launched against the South African National Defence Force members who were caught smoking during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral.
Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that the investigation into allegations of flouting lockdown law during the event is underway:
"The question about Andrew Mlangeni's funeral is under investigation. There are people who have been asked by the police and as the investigation is finalised the docket will be taken to the [National Prosecuting Authority] for a decision."
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