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Crime Stats latest: South Africa has a new ‘murder capital’…

The latest Crime Stats for South Africa are difficult to stomach – especially for those in KZN, where the top three sites for murder all reside.

Crime stats murder

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There’s been a change at the top of the list of police stations that ‘record the most murder cases in South Africa’. With Kraaifontein previously occupying the top spot, the (dis)honour has now been passed on to Plessislaer in KZN. That’s according to the Crime Stats for January-March 2021, and it makes for a grim read.

Where are the most murders committed in South Africa?

The town is just to the southwest of Pietermaritzburg, and has seen its murder rate rocket in the past 12 months, jumping from 43 in Q4 of 2019/20 to 73 this time around. Murder cases have almost trebled here since 2018.

Two other towns in KZN also complete the top three, with Inanda and Umlazi reporting a combined 124 murders between them in the first three months of 2021. There are six locations in the top 10 that reside in the Western Cape, and Ivory Park is the sole representative for Gauteng amongst the top-reported police stations.

Crime Stats – ‘the terrible ten’:

  1. Plessislaer, KZN: 73
  2. Inanda, KZN: 63
  3. Umlazi, KZN: 61 (up 33 from last year)
  4. Khayelitsha, Western Cape: 61 (up from nine from last year)
  5. Mfuleni, Western Cape: 56
  6. Kraaifontein, Western Cape: 47
  7. Delft, Western Cape: 46
  8. Nyanga, Western Cape: 43
  9. Ivory Park, Gauteng: 40 (up 21 from last year)
  10. Gugulethu, Western Cape: 40 (up 12 from last year)

Crime Stats – who is in the top 30?

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Murder rate for SA soars in 2021

In total, murder rates have shot up from the start of January, to the end of March. Killings are up 8.4%, but all contact crimes are down by roughly the same amount. Altogether, just shy of 5 000 people have been murdered in SA in Q4.

“There has 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. But 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.”

“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. Sadly, In the first three months of this year, 24 officers were killed.”