Murders have increased by 3.4% in the current financial year, Members of Parliament heard on Thursday.
Police Minister Bheki Cele painted a bleak picture on South Africa’s war on crime, saying before the presentation in Parliament that the statistics were “not very rosy”.
According to the statistics, 21,022 murders were recorded for the 2018/2019 financial year. The figure was 686 more than the previous year.
Sexual offences increased by 4.6%, attempted murder jumped by 4.1%, robberies at residential properties increased by 0.8% while there was a decrease in drug-related crimes.
While all the provinces recorded increases in contact crimes (crimes committed against a person), KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng recorded the highest volumes of these.
In other figures released on Thursday, crimes against women decreased by 5.4% while child murders and sexual offences against children increased, while 47 farm murders were also recorded.