AS IT HAPPENED - Crime stats: 17 068 murders last year

2014-09-19 07:57

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega says overall, crime figures are down from the previous year.

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19 Sep 12:57
Drug-related crimes have increased by 26.1% in the 2013/14 financial year. 

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The crime statistics released by the SA Police Service on Friday 19 September are a stark reminder of how far South Africa still has to go to reduce violence and crime, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said on Friday.

"A second consecutive year of increases in serious violent crime such as murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery are of particular concern to all South Africans,’ said Gareth Newham, head of the ISS Governance, Crime and Justice division.

"Murder is up by 5% with an additional 809 murders. Robbery increases are particularly concerning. Home robbery is up 7.4%, with 1 334 more cases than the previous year. Business robbery is up by 13.7% with 2 238 more attacks, and car hijacking is up by 12.3% with 1 231 more attacks than occurred the previous year.

"This shows that we urgently need a new approach to reduce violence and crime,’ Newham said. ‘We must address serious challenges facing the police, involve other government departments, and look hard at the factors which cause violence."


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19 Sep 12:06
Phiyega: By the time the police arrive, the murders have happened. It's a difficult area to police. We have to work together.

19 Sep 12:03
Last year, Nyanga was SA's murder capital with 262 murders reported. 305 murders were reported in 2013/14.

19 Sep 11:58

19 Sep 11:57
Number of violent robberies is the highest it's been in five years (119 351).

19 Sep 11:55
South Africans must work together to decrease crimes, Phiyega repeats.

19 Sep 11:53
More than 600 life sentences last year. "We do convict" - Phiyega

19 Sep 11:53
Phiyega urges communities, civil society and all stake holders to help Saps root out the scourge of crime.

19 Sep 11:40

19 Sep 11:35
Minister denies that police intelligence is dysfunctional, says closing down of drug labs shows not so.

19 Sep 11:32
Phiyega: There 17 068 murders last year. It's about 800 more than year before (which showed increase of 650 from year before)

19 Sep 11:29
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs down by 1.8% in past year; and by 133.1% over past 10 years - Phiyega.

19 Sep 11:29

19 Sep 11:27

The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster. 

There is no way to know exactly how many crimes go unreported, though Statistics South Africa’s annual National Victims of Crime Survey (NVCS) does provide some insights.

According to the 2012 NVCS, 98.2% of murders were reported.


19 Sep 11:23
Phiyega: Indeed we are starting to see good convictions. There have been 1 110 life sentences, many for crimes against women.

19 Sep 11:22
Phiyega: It is a collective effort when it comes to sexual offences.

19 Sep 11:21
Phiyega: we want to encourage more reporting on rape.

19 Sep 11:19
Phiyega: Police go out to monitor protests. I haven't seen protests directed at us

19 Sep 11:12
And now for questions from the media...

19 Sep 11:12
Phiyega concludes and receives a smattering of claps. 

19 Sep 11:11
Truckjacking increased by 6.6% over 10 years 2004/5 to 2013/14 and recorded a 5.1% increase in 2013/14

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19 Sep 11:07
35 drug factories dismantled in last year. 

19 Sep 11:06

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Illegal firearm possession up by 3.7% because of police detection 

19 Sep 11:05
Crimes detected as a result of police detection (expected to rise) increased by 167.3% over 10 years and by 18.2% in 2013/14

19 Sep 11:04
Phiyega now has the 3 police detected crimes left to cover. In this area you must have increases in figures, not decreases, she explains. 

19 Sep 11:03
Shoplifting down 1.1%.

19 Sep 11:01
Phiyega says theft out of motor vehicles decreased slightly, but remains stubborn – now at 3%

19 Sep 10:59
Phiyega dealing with housebreaking - there was a decrease.

19 Sep 10:58
Phiyega says there is a 1.3% decrease in contact related crimes - Western Cape and Eastern Cape didn't do as well as other provinces.

19 Sep 10:57
Phiyega: Cash in transit robberies are steady. Common robbery increased by 0.6%.

19 Sep 10:56
According to what Phiyega says, 17068 people were murdered in SA last year. That's 47 people killed every day.

19 Sep 10:54
Phiyega explains that bank robberies also went up - most of them in Gauteng

19 Sep 10:52

Rape down 6.3% nationwide.

Eastern Cape seeing challenges in combatting sexual offences, especially against old people, says Phiyega.



19 Sep 10:51
Phiyega: Common assault had a 3.3% decrease with Western Cape being the only province not having a decrease.

19 Sep 10:50
Free Sytate has seen a decrease in attempted murder. 

19 Sep 10:48
Phiyega: Gauteng, Northern Cape, Eastern and Western Cape showed increases in murder.

19 Sep 10:47

19 Sep 10:46
Attempted murder by 4.6%, robbery up by 12.7%.

19 Sep 10:45
Assault GBH decreased by 26.5% over past 10 years, 2004/5 to 2013/14, including a 1.5% decrease in 2013/14 financial year.

19 Sep 10:45
Vehicle theft down 2.6%. Theft from vehicles up, stock theft down 2.6%, commercial theft down 13.6%

19 Sep 10:44
Burglary at non-residential premises down

19 Sep 10:44
Murder up by 5%; sexual offences down 5.6% - Phiyega

19 Sep 10:43
Phiyega: Of the 17 priority crimes, six have increased while 11 have decreased.

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