Despite a year of lockdown, most violent crimes in South Africa have increased. During its Q3 2020 crime stats presentation to parliament last week, the SAPS revealed that despite a 1.4% decrease in the number of reported contact crimes, most other categories of crime have increased.
According to SAPS, murder and attempted murder increased by 6.6% and 8.7%. Arguments and misunderstandings were the leading motives for murder.
When asked by MPs, why the murder rate is so high, despite the fact that restrictions were still in place under the national lockdown, the SAPS didn’t have a direct answer. Police minister Bheki Cele did say that at the core of the country’s violent crime stats is a “major societal problem.” SAPS national commissioner Khehla Sitole agreed, saying that South Africa was “sitting with collapsed family structures” and that the situation is getting worse.
“As explained by the minister in terms of the increase of murders in residences – it spoke directly to collapsed family structures,” Sitole said. “These family structures are defined by a lack of proper development and moral fibre. These are not areas for SAPS to directly deal with but these are often the root causes of many crimes.”
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Sitole added that, currently, there is no structured approach to correct the issue but said SAPs would look at additional stations to improve public access to the police.
Murder Cases in South Africa
The province of Mpumalanga recorded a 13.7% increase in murder cases, the highest increase in the country.
Limpopo, North West and Northern Cape all saw a decline in murder cases. According to Cele, the main factors or motives for murder include arguments, home and business invasions, mob justice and gang-related killings.
The table below shows where most murder cases were recorded in the country. Read the full report right here and find more trending news, here.