SA murder rate up by 1.4 percent

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.

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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.

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Meanwhile, sexual offence crimes are on the rise.

They increased by 1.7% with 53, 293 - 873 more than the previous year.