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Police Minister, Bheki Cele. Photo: File

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SAPS Crime Statistics Latest: SA murder rate spikes

Policemen’s lives have not been spared during the spate of murders that took place during the first three months of 2021 SAPS data shows.

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Police Minister, Bheki Cele. Photo: File

Photo: GCIS / Flickr

South Africa’s murder rate continued to spiral during the first quarter of 2021 according to the latest SAPS crimes statistics.

Policemen too have not been spared from the horror murders that have ravaged the country unabated into 2021.

Police Minister Bheki Cele, in releasing the latest crime statistics described the killing of police officers as an unfolding “crisis” in the country.

“I wish to start my address by highlighting a crisis that is unfolding and has the potential to threaten the country’s peace and stability. The death of South African Police Service members at the hands of callous, heartless and brazen criminals,” Cele said.

“In the first three months of this year, 24 police were killed. Eleven of them were killed on duty while preventing, combating or solving a crime. Some were attacked or ambushed while conducting patrols and their official firearms stolen,” Cele said.

“I believe the call to put the shoulder to the wheel was heeded by many of our officers in blue,” he said.

Cele said there had been an overall decline of 8.5% in contact Crimes such as assault GBH, sexual offences, common assault and robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“The only two crimes in this category that recorded an increase, are Murder and Attempted murder, recording an 8,4 and 8.7% increase respectively,” he said.

He said a total of  4 976 people were killed in the first three months of 2021, which was 387 more people killed compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

“While there has been a decline in Sexual offences cases, 9 518 people were raped between January and March,” he said.

The number of assault cases decreased by more than 9% but there were 75 000 cases of common assault and assault GBH opened with the SAPS between January and March 2021.

All Property Related Crimes decreased by 20.8%. Stock theft also took a dive, recording an 11.1% decline. Read the full crime statics here.