As it happened: Crime stats show South Africans are violent, minister says

2016-09-02 09:08

The South African Police Service will brief the media about the annual crime statistics that were released in Parliament earlier.


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"We have a huge task to as a society," Nhleko says. "But we can't have an unrealistic expectation that there will always be police there."

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"We can't say more on underreporting. We can only deal with cases that have been reported to us," Phahlane says.

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Have you made a decision about Pravin Gordhan, and Minister, do you support him? 

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Nhleko wraps up his analysis and will soon be opening the floor to questions from journalists.

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In Mpumalanga, 68% of all arson cases are related to domestic issues and 28% in North West, says Nhleko. 

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Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 2.7%.

That is robbing people while working in public, like paramedics.

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And now Nhleko tackles robbery.

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The involvement of older people who misuse trust of children and minors can also not be disregarded, says Nhleko.

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Nhleko says sexual offences decreased by 3.2%, with rape accounting for 80% of cases and sexual assault 12%

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Western Cape recorded the lowest increase in incidences of murder but still ranked fourth in the total number of murders in SA.

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Nhleko says gang violence is "not that prominent" nationally, but was a direct generator of murders in the Western Cape, 2.7%, News24's Paul Herman reports from Parliament's Imbizo Centre.

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Nathi Nhleko starts the media conference by talking the media through the dynamics of the contact crimes statistics.

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And the band played on.

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The media conference starts at 13:00.

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Phahlane on Intelligence: It is only a fraction of South Africans who have criminal intentions. We will intensify our investigation work.

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Quick facts from Crime Stats 2016:

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Phahlane: Car theft is on a downward trend and hijackings on an upward trend. It is harder to steal a stationary car.

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