By Thys Khiba
Johannesburg – South African Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the double-digit increase in most crime categories was attributed to the impact of the adjusted lockdown levels and distorted crime trends.
“Contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, sexual offences and all categories of assault registered a 60, 6% increase, compared to the corresponding period of the previous financial year,” said Cele.
This means that the country has seen a double-digit increase in contact crime, which has increased by 60.6% for the first time.
As he was presenting the quarterly crime statistics, reflecting crimes that occurred between 1 April to the end of June 2021, Cele said in the three months of reporting, a 66, 2 % increase in murder was recorded.
“However compared to the previous normal period of 2019/2020 financial year, the murder rate would have increased by 6.7%. Between April 2021 to end of June 2021, 5 760 people were killed in South Africa,” said Cele.
Cele indicated that this is 2 294 more people killed compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.
Speaking about murder stations, Cele said out of the Top 30, the Khayelitsha, Phillipi East and Bityi police stations in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape recorded decreases in their murder figures.
Despite the recorded decreases, the volumes of murder remain high.
Using 4 467 cases it was determined that at least a total of 2 531 people were murdered in public places like on the street, open field, parking areas and abandoned buildings.
Cele revealed that 1 385 murders occurred at the home of the victim or of the perpetrator. 206 of the murders occurred at Liquor outlets and are the fourth most likely place to be killed in South Africa.
According to the Police Minister, at least 206 of the murders occurred at Liquor outlets and are the fourth most likely place to be killed in South Africa.
“Overall, contact crimes increased by 60.6% compared to the skewed same period last year, If comparison was made to the normal period, prior to the country being placed under lockdown Level 5, 4 and 3, this would have resulted in an increase of 0.6% ,” said Cele. @fscentralnews
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