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,’ comparing it to a war-zone.
Cele revealed earlier today that more than 20 300 people had been murdered during the last financial year, increasing the murder rate by 6.9 per cent.
An average of 57 people are killed daily.
The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increased by 19.3 per cent. It is also the second deadliest place in the country. Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot.
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, with 20 per cent of the murders occurring within the province.
Shockingly, the stats 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 increased by 10.9 per cent. An alarming number of boys were murdered in KZN (130), Eastern Cape (137) and Western Cape (219).
Sexual offenses remain alarming high with 50 108 reported cases, showing an increase of 0.9 per cent.
According to the stats, rape incidents decreased by 0.5 per cent (40 035 incidents had been reported), while sexual assault cases increased by 8.2 per cent (6 786 incidents reported).
More than 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported.
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.
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In KwaZulu-Natal CIT heists increased by an alarming 20 per cent.
Common robberies spiked at the Durban Central police station and increased by 21 per cent. The station also recorded an alarming increase in robbery with aggravating circumstances (23.5 per cent). The station ranked at number 10 in the country for the type of crime. Theft of motor vehicles and motor cycles also increased at Durban Central and Berea police stations station by 11 and 32.5 per cent while it decreased at the Umbilo police station by 35.5 per cent.
Theft out of motor vehicles decreased at Durban Central and Umbilo police stations by 11 and six per cent.
Common robberies decreased by 9 per cent at the Point Road police station, while business robberies decreased at the Durban Central and Umbilo stations, by 32 per cent and 72.9 per cent respectively.
In SA 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.