WATCH: Bheki Cele releases SA crime stats

Police Minister, Bheki Cele will present the annual crime statistics, reflecting crimes that occurred from April last year to March 2019.

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CAPE TOWN - Police Minister, Bheki Cele, will present the annual crime statistics, reflecting crimes that occurred from April last year to March 2019.

Cele is set to brief the media alongside Deputy Minister of Police, Cassel Mathale, National police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole and senior management of the police

He will first brief the Portfolio Committee on Police on the statistics before addressing the nation.

South Africans have, on numerous occasions, rated crime as their top concern, second to unemployment.

WATCH: Unpacking the latest crime stats

Last year, the stats showed a year-on-year decline in many crimes, including aggravated robbery, burglary, and vehicle theft.

But murder rates increased for the sixth consecutive year.

52 murders were reported per day across the country in 2017 and that went up to 57 in 2018.

The rise included a 14 percent increase in the murder of women and children.

Leading provinces for these crimes were KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

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