South Africa records increase in murder cases in Q3 because of unrest


South Africa reported an increase of murder cases in the third quarter because of the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in July, said Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday while releasing the crimes statistics for the quarter this year.

He said 6,163 people were killed in this period.

“Among the many other factors that contributed to the increase in murders, was the July unrest which affected mostly the KwaZulu-Natal Province and Gauteng.

This is evidenced by the KwaZulu-Natal province recording a 44.4 percent increase in its murder cases in the period of July to September this year. A total of 1,744 people were killed during this time in that province, an increase of 536 more lives lost, compared to the same comparative period.”

“229 more people were murdered in the Gauteng province between July and September 2021,” said Cele.

He also expressed concern about the increase in kidnapping.

There have been 2,000 kidnapping cases reported to the police between July and September. Out of a sample of 620 cases, 52 kidnapping cases were ransom related and most occurred in the Gauteng Province. A total of seven kidnapping cases were as a result of human trafficking.

“The crime data is again demonstrating that South Africa is a very violent country. This is evidenced by double digit percentage increases in all assault categories,” Cele said.

“While the crime picture painted here today is not ideal, it is certainly getting better with time planning and deployment of resources, where they are needed most, ” Cele said the decreases in aggravated robberies should give South Africans hope that the South African Police Service is making inroads in policing these crimes. Enditem

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