South Africa murder rate increases

Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the latest statistics in parliament.

Sexual offences and the murder rate have risen significantly in South Africa over the past year, according to new official crime figures.

Murders recorded by the police are now at their highest level for a decade and sexual offences including rape have risen by 4.6%.

Police Minister Bheki Cele, who announced the statistics in parliament on Thursday, said the numbers were “not rosy”.

There were 21,022 murders recorded for the 2018/2019 financial year, 686 more than last year.

Mr Cele said that 60% of murders took place on the weekend after victims and perpetrators had consumed large amounts of alcohol.

Child murders increased, but the number of women murdered went down by 5.4%.

A recent spate of rapes and murders of women in the country have led to street protests, the #AmINext campaign on Twitter, and an online petition signed by more than 500,000 to demand the reinstatement of the death penalty.

“We have recorded decreases in crimes of fear such as cash-in-transit robberies and car hijackings,” Mr Cele said. “There are glimmers of improvements.”


Sammie Idika