Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed the latest crime numbers for South Africa’s first quarter of the 2023/24 administrative year, covering April to June 2023.
Compared to the same time last year, violent crimes like murder are slightly lower this quarter. There were 6,228 recorded murders, a bit less than the 6,424 from the previous year.
Sexual offenses have also gone down by 2%, and carjacking incidents are down 6.4% compared to last year.
Although these crime numbers are better than last year’s Q1, they are still quite high and concerning.
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Minister Bheki Cele highlighted that, for the first time since COVID-19 arrived in 2020, the murder rate has gone down for a single quarter.
He explained, “From April to June this year, there were 6,228 murders reported. This is 196 fewer lives lost compared to the same period last year. Out of these victims, 1,188 were women and children. Except for Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, all provinces saw fewer murders this quarter.”
Cele also mentioned that while the Northern Cape had an 11.1% increase in murders, there were significant decreases in Limpopo and North West provinces.
“The murder count for April to June 2023 dropped by 10.0% and 11.5% in these two provinces,” he added.