Law enforcement officers conduct a roadblock on N1, Paarden Eiland.
JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele has released the latest crime statistics for South Africa.
He says the stats are being released earlier than usual to prepare for a quarterly, rather than an annual release.
The statistics reflect crimes committed from April 2019 to March, this year.
The murder rate has increased by 1.4% year-on-year. 21,325 people have been killed between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 - an increase of 303.
KwaZulu-Natal is the highest murder rate with 464 cases followed by Gauteng with 60.
Meanwhile, sexual offence crimes are on the rise.
They increased by 1.7% with 53, 293 - 873 more than the previous year.