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Bheki Cele releases the crime statistic for July – September

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Police Minister Bheki Cele in a live briefing with the media, indicated on the increase of crime in South Africa in the time being of July to September.

In three months of reporting 20.7% increase in murder was recorded, about 6 163 people were killed in South Africa between July 2021 and September 2021. The unrest SA came across also contributed in the number of murders.

Crime figures are alarming when compared to the crime figures of previous quarter given earlier on, with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault at the peak of all crimes happening. Provinces that are with a very high reading of crime is Limpopo, Free State, Gauteng, Kwa Zulu Natal, Northwest, and the Northern Cape. “At least only 23 police officers were killed in the line of duty between July and September 2021.” said Cele

Incidents of stock theft are highest in the Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal. The minister gives an insight on places without lights and house numbers, many women get raped at night when they have no choice but to use the toilets outside which insists that poor service delivery contributes to crime and if toilets were built for these people inside their homes, such crimes would have been prevented.

“Crime cannot be dealt with by policing only and mob justice should be avoided by the public.” The minister mentions his disappointment upon the discovery that in most communities, there are more shebeens than there are churches and schools.

According to Cele, alcohol generally causes and alternatively increases the level of crime scene across the country. National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole urges the youth to engage and consider joining the law enforcement by taking part in the programs and they mobilise the youth to help with crime prevention across the country.

Sitole says “we are in a period of heightened police visibility; we are increasing partnership with the private security industry.” Sitole added on to say every time they issue out the statistics they already have a response strategy in place.

Cele also condemns police brutality says other situations have better ways to be solved. He furthermore made an example of a recent video that circulated of a man shot after he unarmed a police officer sending out threats to the SAPS. He congratulated the police on trying their level best to control the situation as lawfully as possible and that South Africa needs to remember that respecting the SAPS will also help them work as better officers.

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