Hard work behind drop in crime - Cele

2011-09-08 14:51

Pretoria - The overall drop in crime mostly came from hard work by police and civil society, National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

"Prayer could have been part of it, but the bigger portion is the effort made by people on the ground," Cele said in Pretoria at the release of the annual crime statistics.

"What the minister [of police Nathi Mthethwa] is announcing here did not happen naturally. It was not the descent of the holy ghost in the hearts of the criminals. Some people have worked for it."

Mthethwa announced that South Africa's murder rate dropped 6.5% to 15 940 murders in 2010/11 compared to the preceding period.

During the 1994/95 period, 27 000 people were murdered, Mthethwa said.

Attempted murder decreased by 12.2% compared to the previous year, while sexual offences raw figures showed a decrease of 3.1%.

Assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm also dropped 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down 12%. The figures were drawn from April 2010 to March 2011.

Cele said there was much progress in provinces, particularly Gauteng, which was the hub of criminal activity.

  • - 2011-09-08 14:54

    Nathi Mthethwa....u r very stupid indeed. crime in SA drop???

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-08 15:01

      ....instead of 18 000 innocent persons murderer each year, ...17 000 will now be muredered... ....what a joke....!! ...he he he he he ...!!!!

      Spyker May - 2011-09-08 15:06

      What hard work Cele, Mthethwa, et al..? Fudging the stats - I guess I have to concur...

      Philosopher - 2011-09-08 15:16

      I say well done guys. And keep up the good work. A general decrease in crime is a sign that the government is starting to work for their citizens. Keep up the pace and let's have even better statistics next year.

      revolution - 2011-09-08 15:18

      South Africa - Genocide Rates: 6 out 8 VICTIMS: Whites, women (high rape rate) KILLERS: ANC Youth, black Marxist racists Source:

      THE.SRG - 2011-09-08 15:25

      What the hell is wrong with celes mean literally,it looks like a friggen raisin

      AceOfSpades - 2011-09-08 15:41

      This reminds me of an old cartoon:

      NowOrNever - 2011-09-08 16:54

      All the BOTOX in the world needed there to smooth away the old worries hey?

      The Observer - 2011-09-08 18:50

      Yip philosopher, Zimbabwe has o crime according to their stats. Cwele is under a lot of pressure so wala. Let’s wait for the real stats to be published by some minnow party.

      The Observer - 2011-09-08 19:22

      1 + 1 = 1/2

      Wes - 2011-09-09 13:27

      I wonder if they counted all the missing police dockets as well ???? including all the ones the police refused to open.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-25 18:13

      I can't stand lies... this is rubbish, firstly the minister in charge of all this has been up for fraud. (Cele) The same guy has a mandate to reduce crime, if he meets the mandate he gets a fat bonus. He was found messing with the stats but still got his bonus. The other point is this, South Africa now have a bill to control what gets out in the media, the prime reason for this is to cover up the crime, corruption, fraud etc. Why? Because the current exposure is hurting the ANC bad, they are going to lose votes, international relationships are breaking, there is media all over the world naming and shaming them. There are more and more ranking sites coming out, comparing countries in terms of economy, corruption etc. South Africa is failing bad at all of it… So what do they do to avoid this, they create the info Bill. Smart, but so evil and the nation will forget about it in a few months.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-09-08 14:54

    Bheki Cele looks strong and healthy, can the President act now?

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-08 15:12

      Excellent question Zizo Snr!

      Felix - 2011-09-08 15:24


      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-08 16:13

      the presidente is still applying his mind!!!

      Spyker May - 2011-09-08 18:40

      Ye Swart_Baas - in fact it requires such an effort, he cannot watch the rugby at the same time...

  • Truth24 - 2011-09-08 14:55

    Ya. I don't buy it.

  • jakkals - 2011-09-08 14:56

    I wonder what the stats are for corruption investigations in State Departments, Mr. Cele? :p

  • TBOOZE - 2011-09-08 14:56

    we thank all those who put an effort in fighting crime, this country owe you a lot although most people dont recognize that

      HowardX - 2011-09-08 15:08

      Yeah, thanks for a higher violent death rate than most active war zones. Fantastic!

      Felix - 2011-09-08 15:25

      Doesn't mean some people aren't trying HowardX...

  • sushi - 2011-09-08 14:57

    ag please! did you add police killed so far did you add farmers killed so far

      slojam - 2011-09-08 15:02

      I wonder who was bribed to make these stats look more favourable than the previous stats?

      JR - 2011-09-08 16:19

      Also add unlawful killings. A couple of years ago they reported the murder rate at just over 16,000. The medical examiners who examin the bodies claimed over 32,000 unlawful killings. Who is right?

  • HowardX - 2011-09-08 15:00

    Hard work playing with the stats so that only 16000 murders in one year sounds good.

  • GrannyC - 2011-09-08 15:05

    A drop in the Crime Rate, yeah right! Whatever Mthethwa is smoking, I want some. To think that Cele accepts the report, gosh is he doff or what? What alot of hogwash.

  • Vince York - 2011-09-08 15:07

    Could be interpreted as simply proportional to the increase in the SAPS staffing from pre-World Cup. Still, A "BIG UP" to our men and women in uniform and a lot further to go to get SA normalized.

  • derkus - 2011-09-08 15:07

    Cele needs a facelift or he must go the the panelbeaters

  • Ray Smith - 2011-09-08 15:11

    So crime is claimed to be down by 10.8% overall. At this rate there should be no more crime within 10 years or less? Yeah, yeah!!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-08 15:11

    Pardon? Was that hard work at corruption and stealing from tax payers?!!!!

  • Adrian - 2011-09-08 15:14

    I wonder how much the increase in visible policing due to world cup soccer had to do with it. I'm sure its back to normal now that police have all but disappeared from our streets.

  • Gladness - 2011-09-08 15:15

    Oh please Nathi Mthethwa ,this is a joke.

  • Ryan - 2011-12-12 11:01

    I thought Cele had been fired and would be facing crimianl charges of fraud and corruption?

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