Crime Stats: Bheki Cele announces slump in murder, rape cases

Crime Stats: Bheki Cele announces slump in murder, rape cases

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has released the Second Quarter Crime Statistics on Friday

- Cele revealed that murder cases decreased by 339 from the same period last year

- In addition to this, the Minister confirmed that rape cases declined by 18.8% during the same period

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has released the Second Quarter Crime Statistics for the period between July and September 2020.

Speaking during a press briefing to release the report, Cele revealed that murder in SA had seen a slight decline, with 339 fewer cases recorded with 5 107 people murdered in total.

Analysis of dockets revealed that 1992 of the murders had taken place in public spaces such as beaches, parks, streets or open fields.


Cele released the crime statistics on Friday. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
Source: UGC

Over 900 citizens were killed in their homes or the homes of those who had ultimately carried out the murder.

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Cele noted with alarm that arguments and misunderstandings remain the main drivers of murder. Robberies, vigilantism and gang conflicts also feature high on the list of some of the causes of murder.

Turning to Gender-based violence, Cele noted a drop in the number of sexual offences reported, citing a 16.8% dip in crimes such as rape and sexual assault.

An 18.8% decrease in the number of rapes was recorded but Cele described July, August and September as 'dangerous months for thousands of women' in SA. -

8922 Rape cases were reported while it was found that over 3 500 citizens had been raped in their homes or at the home of their perpetrators.

Over 1 000 people were raped in public places such as parks, beaches, parking areas or open fields, with KwaZulu-Natal noting the highest number of rape cases.

Turning his attention to liquor, Cele reiterated his stance on the subject, commenting that it remains a plague in SA:

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"I remain critical and vocal about the negative effect alcohol has on our communities. This is despite my views being unpopular in some quarters of society. But these crime statistics that we are releasing today continue to vindicate our actions as the SAPS to clamp down on illegal alcohol trading."

Cele noted that 829 assault cases, 747 rape cases, 179 attempted murder cases and a slew of other crimes were all connected to liquor:

"These figures make it impossible to deny the true effects of alcohol abuse."

Cele also announced the statistics on the following fear crimes:

  • Home invasions increased by 8.5%
  • Business robberies decreased by 8.5%
  • Car-jackings decreased by 1.6%
  • 24 More Cash-in-Transit robberies recorded

Earlier, reported that National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has dismissed his deputy Bonang Mgwenya after allegations of her involvement in crimes surfaced earlier this week.

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The former Deputy Police Commissioner appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday after her arrest by the Investigating Directorate on charges of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.

In a statement confirming the move, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo commented on this controversial situation:

"Following due processes, the national commissioner initially suspended Mgwenya on 15 October during which time a departmental investigation was conducted."

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