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Police Minister Bheki Cele took centre stage on Friday, 20 August 2021, delivering the intensely concerning crime statistics for the first quarter of the 2021/2022 year. To summarise, South Africa is a violent, rape riddled country in dire need of correction.
Looking at the said Crime statistics covering the period between April 2021 to the end of June 2021 (3 months)—Minister Cele highlighted, “In the three months of reporting, a 66, 2 % increase in murder was recorded.
However, compared to the previous average period of 2019/2020 financial year, the murder rate would have increased by 6.7%.”
Furthermore, between April 2021 to end of June 2021, 5 760 people were murdered in South Africa. This is 2 294 more people killed compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.
In addition, 10 006 people were raped between April and June 2021. This is an increase of 4 201 cases, amounting to a 72.4% increase, compared to the previous reporting period. Cele noted, “A sample of 5 439 rape cases revealed that 3 766 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist.”
Further stating, it was unfortunate to highlight that 487 rape cases were domestic violence-related.
During his address, he stated, it must be emphasised that there were 181 attacks on farms and small-holdings, between April and the end of June 2021. 119 of the incidents were robbery related, resulting in 15 murders.
When looking at KwaZulu-Natal, it appears a dramatic increase in crime has been noted.
Murder shot up by 64%, with 1404 reported cases from April to the end of June 2021. This is 548 more cases than the same period last year. Sexual offences soared up by 68.2%, with 2 384 reported cases, 967 cases more than the same period from the previous year.
It is necessary to note that carjacking has escalated by 109.7%, seeing the number of cases rising to 820, which is 429 more cases than last year in the same time period.
The top 30 police stations where sexual offences were detected include the following KZN cities and towns:
- Durban Central
- Port Shepstone
As for Commercial Crime, the most problematic towns and cities include:
- Durban Central
Burglaries are also a significant cause for concern in several towns within our province. With the following areas making their way into the top 30 list:
- Mountain Rise
- Alexandra Road
Arson is another prevalent crime affecting KZN, with the following areas making it on the top 30 list:
As for kidnapping, the following towns and cities were noted to be problematic areas in KZN:
- Durban Central
On a further note, it seems that stock theft remains a problematic crime in KZN, with the following police districts noted as most problematic:
- Upper Tugela
- Taylors Halt
While crime soars in both KZN and South Africa as a whole, National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole says that despite these numbers, police are still out in full force, fighting crime.
He stressed, “We are not yet losing the battle. The battle is still in progress. The stats that have been released now are operational stats, not strategic stats. What determines performance is the strategic stats. From here we’ll be going back to the drawing board, and we will be coming up with the crime stats response action plan in order to respond to the current picture and I’m convinced that we’ll be able to change it.”
Cele said the SAPS is also facing challenges with the service impacted by COVID-19 related deaths and thousands of members contracting the virus.
Adding to the South African Police’s woes, he added that members were also retiring from or leaving the service. However, affirming this cannot excuse the increases in crime. “The impact of COVID-19 has been hard on the South African Police Service. The police service is bleeding members through attrition and the virus has resulted in the inability to take in new police recruits for 2020 and 2021.” While jointly point out, the virus has also meant scores of police stations have had to close due to contamination.
Cele elaborated further, saying the virus has infected over 38 000 members, and 821 SAPS members have passed away due to COVID-19.
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