Murder SAPS

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has published the latest crime stats for the first quarter of 2022/23 – and they are shocking! PHOTO: Flickr

SAPS release shocking crime stats | 71 murders a DAY in Mzansi: These are the worst areas

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has published the latest crime stats for the first quarter of 2022/23 – and they are shocking!

Murder SAPS

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has published the latest crime stats for the first quarter of 2022/23 – and they are shocking! PHOTO: Flickr

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has published the latest crime stats for the first quarter of 2022/23 which represents data for the period from April to June 2022.

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While crime levels overall remained relatively flat compared to the same period 12 months prior, some categories have shown worrying increases.

Among those was murder, with data showing an 11.5% increase year on year.

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A staggering 6 424 people were killed by other persons in South Africa in the period which represents an increase of 664 murders compared to a year ago when Mzansi was under Covid-19 lockdown.

When averaged over the 91 days between April and June, that works out at 71 people murdered in South Africa every day.

This equates to 11 murders per 100 000 people in Mzansi for the three-month period.

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By means of a comparison:

April to June 2018 – 4 668 murders / 51 per day

April to June 2019 – 5 398 murders / 59 per day

April to June 2020 – 3 466 murders / 38 per day

April to June 2021 – 5 760 murders / 63 per day

April to June 2022 – 6 424 murders / 71 per day

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Which are the worst crime provinces?

The Eastern Cape has the highest murder per 100 000 population ratio at 18, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 14 and the Western Cape at 13.8.

In terms of overall murder numbers per province for April to June 2022, the list looks like this:

KwaZulu-Natal – 1 623

Gauteng – 1 490

Eastern Cape – 1 200

Western Cape – 994

Mpumalanga – 313

North West – 261

Free State – 243

Limpopo – 219

Northern Cape – 81

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