KZN is SA’s murder capital

2015-09-30 09:30
The crime scene at Clearwater Mall. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal is the country’s murder capital, with the 3 810 murders in the last financial year making up more than 20% of South Africa’s total murders.

This is according to the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) annual national crime statistics that were released yesterday for the period of April 2014 to March 2015.

The staggering murder rate in KZN equates to one person being killed in the province every 2,5 hours.

However, although KZN holds spots in the top three provinces for most crimes committed, statistics show a decrease in some crime categories from the previous financial year.

However, murders increased by 5,4%, placing the province above Gauteng in the number one spot.

Attempted murder also increased, with 3 918 victims in the 12-month period. Total sexual offence reports decreased, however, with 9 079 victims reported raped or sexually abused as opposed to 9 889 the previous year.

Almost 100 000 KZN citizens fell victim to contact crimes in total. These crimes include murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, assault and robbery. However, this was also noted as a decrease from previous years, making this year the only time the figure has dropped below 100 000 since 2005.

According to the statistics, crimes like arson and malicious damage to property also decreased by 2,5% with 15 459 cases opened.

Although there was a surge of property-related crimes in the Pietermaritzburg area, the statistics showed a slight drop throughout the rest of the province.

Just over 11 000 business owners and 43 274 home owners opened cases of burglary in the province over the year, while motorists reported 8 404 vehicles being stolen.

Business robberies, stock theft, truck hijacking and shoplifting were the only property-related crimes that showed increases, placing KZN in the pole positions for these crimes in the country.

KZN police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the results.

“It is pleasing to note that despite the numerous challenges we experienced during the past financial year, police and other law enforcement agencies have been able to continue to reduce most crimes in the province,” she said.

“KZN was one of the top three performing provinces in the country in terms of crime reduction during the 2014/2015 financial year. While we welcome the reduction in crime, we acknowledge that a lot still needs to be done for us to ensure that our communities are and feel safe”

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