THE crime statistics for the 2017/2018 financial year painted a bleak picture for South Africa.
Even Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted that the country’s murder rate was ‘scary’ and compared it to a war-zone.
Cele revealed earlier today that more than 20 300 people had been murdered during the last financial year, which meant the murder rate had increased by 6.9 per cent.
An average of 57 people are killed on a daily basis.
The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increase by 19.3 per cent. It is also the second deadliest place in the country. Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot.
Fortunately, incidents of murder and attempted murder decreased by 50 and 8.8 per cent in the Mariannhill community.
The murder of women increased by 11 per cent with 2 930 murders compared to 2 639 in 2016/2017.
KwaZulu-Natal is the most dangerous province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred withing KZN borders.
The stats also revealed that more boys than girls are being murdered in the country. The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increase by 10.9 per cent. An alarming number of boys were murdered in KZN (130), Eastern Cape (137) and Western Cape (219).
Sexual offenses also remain alarming high – with 50 108 reported cases, which meant there had been an increased of 0.9 per cent.
According to the stats, rape (40 035 incidents had been reported) and sexual assault cases (6 786 incidents reported) had increased by 0.5 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively.
Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported in SA.
It was no surprise that cash-in-transit (CIT) heists incidents increased by 56.6 per cent (238 incidents compared to 152 during 2016/2017) along with bank robberies and truck jacking.
In KwaZulu-Natal CIT heists had increased by an alarming 20 per cent.
Specifically common robberies, carjackings, theft out of motor vehicles and business robberies had increased in Pinetown by 14.9, 50, 23 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively.
Carjackings, house robberies and business robberies, which had all increased during the last financial year had only slightly decreased by 2.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively in SA.
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