Murder increased by 3,4% in South Africa!

South Africa – Cape Town – 30 May 2023 – The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, presented the quarterly crime statistics at the Imbizo Centre in Parliament, reflecting on crimes reported and detected by the South African Police Service. Photographer: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

General Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, delivered the quarterly crime statistics on Tuesday, May 30, at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. These statistics reflected crimes recorded and detected by the South African Police Service (SAPS) between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023. Compared to the other statistics provided, the murder rate in the country has increased.

In comparison to the previous three quarters, the 3,4% increase is apparently the lowest single digit increase ever.

Between January and March of this year, there were 6 289 fatalities caused by firearms, knives, sharp and blunt objects, stones, or even just bare hands.

The majority of the murders occurred in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, and Gauteng, with robberies, vigilantism, and arguments leading the list of murderous motives.

With 206 and 155 victims, respectively, the KwaZulu-Natal province reported the highest number of multiple-murder incidents, followed by the Eastern Cape. While murder rates declined in the Free State, Northern Cape, and Western Cape provinces, with double-digit declines in both the Western Cape and Northern Cape.

“To address murder and other contact crimes, R65 million has been allocated to Top 30 crime heavy stations to address murder and other contact crimes. Over and above this additional funding, we are responding directly to calls by communities to increase the capability and training of the Tactical Response Teams (TRT),” said Cele.

He continued by saying that the TRT are being placed in police stations and communities in areas with a high crime rate.

“These highly trained and highly skilled officers will act as force multipliers at local level and assist in policing high-crime areas.

“The SAPS is also enhancing specialised tracking teams who will be trained further at provincial and district level, to effectively track and apprehend offenders,” said Cele.

Other statistics show that child murders have reduced by 19.9%. Compared to the same period previous year, there were 29 more children who were victims of attempted murders. The number of attempted murders increased by 21.5% in the fourth quarter. In the first three months of this year, there were 1 485 attempted murders of women in South Africa, while 969 women were slain and over 15 000 were assaulted.

The minister encouraged the government and community to work together to combat crime. He emphasised that the police cannot defeat crime without the support of the people.

“Demonstrative to our commitment to work hand in glove with communities, for the first time in the history of policing, this administration has realised the funding of Community Policing Forums (CPFs). R70 million of the SAPS budget in this financial year will go to all provinces to support CPFs in terms of their resource requirements,” said Cele.