Crime: Statistics show ‘higher levels of violence in society’

2014-09-19 11:29

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Murder has increased by 5% in the past year, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has said.

“We are very concerned about that,” she told reporters today, announcing crime statistics for the 2013-2014 financial year.

“We are saying murder requires also that society works very closely with us to assist us to achieve a reduction.”

Attempted murder went up by 4.6% and aggravated robbery was up by 12.7%.

Earlier, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said there were higher levels of violence in society.

“If you look at the five- or 10-year trends combined with the year under review, contact crime is a permanent feature,” he said.

Nhleko said in the past five years there had been an increase in social unrest.

“It also suggests that there has to be a broader solution found,” he said.

“We observe there are higher levels of violence in our society.”

Nhleko said cultural violence and aggression should be eradicated.

Alcohol abuse is still a problem in the country.

“The prevalence of drugs and alcohol abuse in our community is extremely concerning,” he said.

“They tend to a production point for criminal activity.”

In the year under review, there was a decrease in various crimes including commercial crime, stock theft, sexual offences, shoplifting, theft of motor vehicles and motor cycles, and arson.

Sexual crimes against women and children remain an area of concern, he said.

“The decrease doesn’t mean that there are no incidences ... they do exist,” he said.

He said in the year under review, the police confiscated large quantities of drugs.

He said the statistics that they were releasing were raw figures that had been audited by the auditor-general of South Africa.

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