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Good, bad, and ugly: SA’s NEW crime stats summarised in 12 points

The latest crime stats have been released, and although there are positive signs, SAPS is still fighting a tidal wave of illegal activity.

Bheki Cele crime stats

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the latest crime stats for the most recent quarter, which reflects a broad decline in most criminal offences. However, murder rates remain stubbornly high, and car hijackings have spiked.

New crime stats: The good, the bad, and the ugly revealed

Addressing the media on Friday, Cele explained the Q3 in the financial year is traditionally a tricky one for law enforcement, as they have to contend with a ‘criminal free for all’ in the run up to Christmas. That wasn’t replicated in 2021, though:

“Certainly, the Festive Season used to be characterized as a ‘free for all’ for criminals with the increase of contact crimes and commercial crimes. However, this is not the case this time around.

“The National Crime Statistics of the three months of reporting show significant reductions in the number of crimes committed and reported to the SAPS. We have recorded significant decreases in most of the crime categories.”

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The 124-page document released by SAPS this morning outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly of all crimes reported between October and December 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

The good…

  • Not only have rape crimes decreased nationally, but the numbers have dropped in ALL NINE provinces.
  • Property-related crimes, burglaries, vehicle theft, and stock theft cases have all shown substantial declines.
  • ‘Contact sexual offences’ experienced the largest drop, down by 22.7% in the last quarter of 2021.
  • The were 3 611 FEWER assault/GBH cases reported during this timeframe, too.

The bad…

  • Eleven farm murders were recorded – three of these deaths were workers, who had been attacked by farm owners.
  • Carjacking increased by 13.8%, with an additional 661 incidents reported at the back end of last year.
  • Kidnappings are on the rise: They’ve increased in seven provinces, and are now up by over 20% on the yearly stats.
  • ‘Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs’ has seen the sharpest rise, going up by 18.9%.

The ugly…

  • In the three months of reporting, an 8.9% increase in murder was recorded – 562 people were killed between Oct-Dec 2021.
  • A total of 232 of these murders were a result of domestic violence
  • Inanda, KZN is now SA’s ‘murder capital’, with the highest number of offences (86) in Q3. Alex, Gauteng saw the sharpest rise, as its recorded murders almost DOUBLED (from 25 to 48).
  • Although a decline from last year has been noted, 11 315 people were raped over the recorded three months.