Murder and violent crimes have increased in South Africa - Nhleko


Pretoria - Murder and violent crimes have increased in South Africa since last year, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said on Friday when he presented the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics.

"Murder, attempted murder and robbery are all up in this year under review. The five year trend shows a decrease in crime, the year in review shows an increase in violent crime," he said.

The Minister, together with National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, are still releasing the statistics at the police training college in Pretoria. The figures are derived from cases reported and dealt with, and have been audited by the Auditor-General.

Nhleko also said the five year-trend showed persistent problems of contact crimes and an increase in social unrest. He, however, said that commercial crimes, stock theft and sexual offences showed a downward trend.

"I attribute the decrease in sexual crimes to heightened consciousness on this issue. But the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse remains a concern, there are more taverns than school in some areas," he said.

Nhleko said the South African Police Service (SAPS) had about 193,000 police officers employed, which calculates to one police officer for every 346 people.

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