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Minister Mbalula to release annual Crime Statistics for 2016/2017

Oct 23, 2017
Minister Mbalula to release annual Crime Statistics for 2016/2017

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected on Tuesday to release the annual Crime Statistics for the period of 2016/2017 during a media briefing at Parliament. 

According to the 2015/2016 Annual Crime Statistics released by then Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, before Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee, the Eastern Cape recorded the highest increase in the number of murders - 3,649 murders recorded for 2015-16 representing a 9.9% increase.

Read the full report here.

The 2016/2017 crime statistics come on the back of a report by Statistics South Africa's Victims of Crime Survey, which was released in September and shows that crime levels have been gradually declining, but instead of South Africans feeling safer, the survey revealed that there was a deteriorating feeling of safety among households.

"According to the survey, the percentage of households who experienced at least one incident of crime decreased from 9% in 2015/16 to 7% in 2016/17, while feelings of safety when walking alone in their neighbourhood when it is dark decreased from 31% to 29% in the same period," Stats SA said.

"With 1.2 million South African households having experienced 1.5 million crime incidents in 2016/17, male-headed households (7.5%) were more likely to be victims than female-headed households (6.6%). Households headed by coloured (8.9%) individuals were the most likely to be victimised, while households headed by black Africans (6.9%) were the least likely.

"A comparison of crime types shows that housebreaking/burglary (53%) was the most common crime experienced by households in 2016/17. This was followed by theft of livestock (11%) and home robbery (10%)."

Housebreaking/burglary is also the most feared crime among households in South Africa. It is therefore not surprising that the majority of households were actively taking measures to protect their homes (51%).

Although households took measures to protect their property, the fear of crime persists in preventing them from engaging in daily activities such as going to open spaces (32%), allowing children to play outside (20%) and walking to town (15%).

Last the HAWKS also launched an investigation into the alleged Master Deeds data breach, which exposed the personal information of more than 60 million South Africans, including Mbalula's details, online.