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CAPE TOWN – Violent contact crimes remain a feature of South African life, increasing by 0,9% nationally over the past year. This despite the overall 10 year decreasing trend in these crimes.
The number of murders increased by 782 in the 2014/15 financial year – representing a 4,6% increase in the number of murders reported to police.
In simple terms, this means 49 people were murdered each day in South Africa compared to 46 in 2013/14.
While sexual offences showed a decrease, most other contact crimes showed increases in the percentage change listed in the official statistics released by police.
• Attempted murder showed a 3,2% increase
• Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 8,5%
• Common robbery went up by 2,7%
• Sexual offences decreased by 5,4%
• Common assault decreased by 2,8%
Robbery with aggravating circumstances appeared to show the highest increase when looking at the raw figures, with police registering 10,082 more such robberies this year compared to last year.
This translates to approximately 353 robberies each day in South Africa.
Police commissioner Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko presented the statistics in Parliament on Tuesday morning.
Car and truck hijacking showed a significant increase, with carjacking going up by 14,2% and truck hijacking increasing by a whopping 29,1%.
Meanwhile, the number of property related crimes reported to police decreased by 0,8% overall.
House burglaries decreased by 2,3%, while business burglaries increased by 1,2%.
Robberies at homes and businesses increased by 5,2% and 3,2% respectively.
Nhleko told the committee that crime was a social issue and could not be solved only through policing.
“We are dealing with the social circumstance of society. It’s not just simply about numbers. The numbers are also reflective of the state of society," he said.
"To think that we can resolve the issue of murder, and we think that the police must resolve that, it's just hallucination. It’s a social problem," Nhleko said.