5,107 people murdered, rape cases increased in Q2

Police Minister Bheki Cele is releasing the crime statistics for the second quarter of 2020/2021.

JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the rosy picture painted by the crime statistics over the hard lockdown period was now over, revealing that between July and September, 5,107 people were murdered in the country.

Although the figure was the lowest murder rate recorded for the past four second quarters of the year, it remained alarming.

Between April and June, 3,466 people were killed in the country.

Cele explained: “From a sample of 4,290 murder dockets analysis revealed that 1,992 murders occurred in public spaces such as beaches, parks, streets or open fields.

“Over 900 people were killed in their homes or the homes of those who ended their lives. Alarmingly, argument and misunderstanding remained the main drivers of murder.”

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