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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the lack of rape kits in police stations are due to corruption / Image via GCIS

Here’s when you’re most likely to be murdered in South Africa

The 2018/19 crime statistics report for South Africa has shown the majority of murders happen during the weekend.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the lack of rape kits in police stations are due to corruption / Image via GCIS

The South African Police Service (SAPS) annual crime report has revealed the vast majority of murders in the country happen overnight at the weekend.

2018/19 crimes stats do not make very rosy reading

There is no real way to sugarcoat the situation in South Africa right now, from major issues with xenophobic and gender violence to an economy that is running on fumes, the list of bad news appears to be never-ending for people living in Mzansi.

At the media briefing for the release of the report, Police Minister Bheki Cele made the understatement of the week when he admitted the 2018/19 crime stats did not make for “a very rosy” read.

The report showed there were a total of 21 022 murder cases reported, a 3.4% increase from the previous reporting period and leaves the country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Most murders happen over the weekend late at night

According to the reported statistics, a large majority of the murders in South Africa happen over the weekend between 21:00 on Friday and 03:00 the following Monday.

Of the 21 022 reported murders, the police were able to attribute a time frame to all but 447, and 11 017 of the murders happened in the abovementioned cross-section.

This means that 52.4% of all murders in South Africa happen over the weekend.

By far, the most dangerous time to be out and about according to the SAPS report is between 21:00 on Saturday night and 03:00 on Sunday morning. That period accounts for 2200, or 10.5%, of all murders reported in South Africa.

Hijacking and murder stats are the most accurate

There was no definite explanation offered for the discrepancy between the overall total of reported murders and the amount that were assigned a time period, but it is likely to have to do with the police not knowing the exact time that the crime took place.

Most analysts agree the annual SAPS report is only “fairly accurate” with problems of the non-reporting of crime still a huge problem in South Africa.

However, the statistics for murder, vehicle hijacking, and cash-in-transit heists are the most accurate, according to Gareth Newham, the head of the governance, crime and justice division at the Institute for Security Studies.

According the Cele, the reported murders of women has decreased by 5.4% which comes as very welcome news at a time when gender violence has been a massive topic across South Africa.