Crime stats show drop in murders

2010-09-09 11:04

Pretoria - The country's murder rate showed its largest decline since 1995, falling below 17 000 for the past year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Pretoria on Thursday.

"This is a significant achievement. Of all crimes this is one category that you cannot cheat," he told reporters at the release of national crime statistics.

The rate fell 8.6% in the past financial year ending March 31, 2010. For the year ended March 2009 there were 18 148 murders.

Attempted murders dropped 6.1%. The number of sexual crimes fell 4.4%. A total of 26 311 people were arrested in connection with sexual crimes.

He said the reintroduction of specialised units such as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences, would contribute to decreasing this even further.

110 police officers killed

In the fight against crime 110 police officers lost their lives.

It was critical to remove corrupt police officers from the South African Police Service.

The overall drop in several crime categories was "satisfactory", but more needed to be done, he said.

The number of cash-in-transit heists fell 7.3% to 358 for 2009/10, resulting in 52 arrests.

Bank robberies decreased 8.8 percent, while car and truck-jacking saw a 6.8% decline.

Between 2008 and 2009, there were 14 915 carjackings, which dropped to 13 902.

  • ian - 2010-09-09 11:13

    I honestly wish that I could believe our Police Minister. The problem is that we have seen them try and subvert statistics so often, that now we simply do believe anything that they say.

  • Ruffdog - 2010-09-09 11:13

    Bring in two strikes and out - third time death penalty

  • Louis - 2010-09-09 11:17

    I know he is being targeted currently for the hiring of a new police building etc, but I have to admit that he knows what he is doing. He is the best thing to have happened to this country's police service.

  • makecirclesmaller - 2010-09-09 11:18

    Yes we still have a lot more to do. Although one death is one too many, it is encouraging to find that stats are showing a decline. We need to fastrack eye-for-an-eyeas in the old testament and maybe we can make the circle of murder stats smaller.

  • Juan - 2010-09-09 11:19

    Now the police will take some of our tax money and get drunk at a 'conference' to celebrate this achievement! 17 000 people dead!?!

  • stuart - 2010-09-09 11:19

    you are living in dreamland if you even think 17000 murders is acceptable

  • sd - 2010-09-09 11:20

    below 17000! This is not something to be proud of!!! It's still certainly not what we as South Africans would feel happy to broadcast across the world!!

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  • David - 2010-09-09 11:23

    So over 300,000 people slaughtered in the New South Africa, and the slaughter continues, does anyone think that number isn't absurd - it's more than entire cities. Try put a positive spin on that, I can't.

    "this is one category that you cannot cheat" Sure, except for those murder victims written up as natural deaths or suicides, and those reports that simply went missing from many police stations and weren't added to the total.

  • AJ - 2010-09-09 11:25

    That is well done, now we just need to maintain it and ensure that in decreases every year.

  • LUMP OF COAL - 2010-09-09 11:25

    As my young niece would say ....... YEAH > RIGHT !!!!!

  • Seth - 2010-09-09 11:26

    Why dont I believe this figures? Is the suicide rate up by any chance?

  • anon - 2010-09-09 11:27

    So sure...

  • Made_In_SA - 2010-09-09 11:27

    And we supposed to believe this??
    Any body can fiddle the stats to reflect positive results?

  • Rick - 2010-09-09 11:27

    I don't believe your crime stats.

  • Spade - 2010-09-09 11:28

    If only we could eliminate corrupt officials, so that the Minister could be believed...

  • Ed - 2010-09-09 11:29


  • Cathy - 2010-09-09 11:29

    Pants on fire

  • Citizen - 2010-09-09 11:32

    Since Minister Nathi Mthethwa has taken over he is saying the right things and if his figures are to be believed, let us hope he continues to implement his words to facts.

  • DEcline all around - 2010-09-09 11:33

    Must be the new protection of Information bill in work. What about house robberies? Attempted murders?

  • ederik - 2010-09-09 11:33

    Still 47 murders EVERY DAY.

  • swirl - 2010-09-09 11:34

    ooh ooh look at me, i'm Nathi Mthethwa and I did a good job this year....Dream on Nathi. One murder a day is too much !!!

  • John - 2010-09-09 11:34

    A drop in the murder rate cannot be claimed by the police as a success. Murders are mainly committed on the spur of the moment and involve people acquainted with each other.Real police successes are measured in prevention of crimes like armed robbery and home invations as well as the crime detection and conviction rate.

  • GT - 2010-09-09 11:34

    Only 17,000 murders. Yep, got to say we are really on top of things.
    The reality we now know from Cele's admission is that top cops are 1) not qualified and 2) so busy lining their contracts and signing deals that they are paying NO attention to the job at hand.
    We know the past chief and the current deputy minister are Kebble associates. Who can we trust?
    I would hope that policeman with any balls would walk in and arrest his boss if he thinks there is a crime going on in his station!

  • Chucky - 2010-09-09 11:35

    Stats given by a criminal about criminals. I dont trust the police anymore. Pure ANC propaganda. I guess everything is ok now? 10 000 police in jail already.

  • Braam Coetzee - 2010-09-09 11:35

    Forgot to mention those crimes that shows and increase, never the less reporting on them in this article. Do you people think we stupid. Pathetic criminal police force!

  • Riaan - 2010-09-09 11:35

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but how is this possible if farm murders alone nearly doubled????

  • Dyl - 2010-09-09 11:38

    "This is a significant achievement"????
    Seriously??? must we be thankful that only 1 person is murdered every half an hour in South Africa? The way i see it: The Stats are down only because there are less people to kill! Imagine how awesome these stats are going to look when SA's population is 100 (Apologies if this shows twice, but you know how News24 ignores comments sometimes)

  • Clive - 2010-09-09 11:38

    Trying to pull the wool over peaples eyes again, not the propper records i dont think

  • Mike - 2010-09-09 11:44

    I agree David, and anywhere else in the world this would be termed genocide !!!!

  • Kobus - 2010-09-09 11:45

    Even if you can believe this numbers, it's still insanely high. Percentage wise we are still in front of the world. I don't care if it declined, alot of innocent people still loose their lives, because of murderous animals.

  • Rob - 2010-09-09 11:45

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! AVERAGE OF 47 PEOPLE PER DAY!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOTS!!!! In Canada there is approx 200 a year!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hielke - 2010-09-09 11:46

    Bwaa ha ha ha ha ..... sob sob should I laugh or cry do they really think the man in the street believe a word they say.

  • simon - 2010-09-09 11:47

    wow that is significant, a change from 49 killings a day to 46 a day! Well done police. What a joke! If letting 46 South Africans get murdered a day is an significant improvement then the police need to re-access their goals. Having 1 person murdered is 1 too many. Come on Mr Mthethwa, accept the problem, take responsibility, get pro-active and sort out this rot. It will be the ruin of SA.

  • Walter - 2010-09-09 11:47

    Can't be correct....

  • Anon - 2010-09-09 11:48

    17 000 murders in one year equals one every half an hour, and accounts for approximately 0.04% of the live population. For interest, Zimbabwe has a rate of just 0.008%.

  • Realist - 2010-09-09 11:49

    And so we continue to "celebrate" mediocrity.

    In the US in 2007 their murder rate translated to 6 murders for every 100 000 citizens.

    SA, even at it "much improved" levels are making us being content with 35 murders per 100 000 citizens.

    What are we celebrating?

  • Craig - 2010-09-09 11:49

    So you and I have a 1 in 2500 chance of being murdered? Over the next ten years you and I have a 1 in 250 chance of being murdered? Scary stuff.

  • Spook - 2010-09-09 11:51

    The stats are definatly's a whole lot of rubbish..infact I believe the muders have increased since 1995..what a lot of bull.

  • vega - 2010-09-09 11:51

    When he spoke of achievement he was speaking in reference to how far the murder rate has been reduced. Stop being so negative all the time for goodness sake! Nobody said it's acceptible but it's better than it was before. @made_in_sa what figures should we believe then? Do we have any reason to doubt what has been released? If they are fishy I am sure the watchdogs will raise hell about it as they always do. Why is "negative" your default setting?!

  • Joe - 2010-09-09 11:53

    I am not saying the police are lying, I am not saying they are telling the truth either. The Stats don’t mean a thing because a majority of crimes in SA are never reported to the police. The crimes that are reported are not logged and recorded properly. Have any of you seen what a police stations file storage looks like, Files spread all over the floor and randomly dumped there. It is impossible to keep record that way. Many files are never uploaded electronically either.
    The crime rate could have dropped but no one really knows.

  • The Ted Vos - 2010-09-09 11:54

    Complete and utter bollocks.
    I know for a fact that it's rubbish because I know of a guy who was murdered and his cause of death was "natural causes". When questioned by the family the response was "The bullet hit his heart and he had a heart attack - natural causes"

  • Fail - 2010-09-09 11:54

    they really good and making this stuff up

  • Futhi@JStuart - 2010-09-09 11:55

    If you read the article carefully nowhere its mentioned that he is proud of the stats. When these stats don't get released the public complains, when they are released you still have a lot to moan about. One thing you need to realize is that your attitude needs to change a bit. You need a positive attitude in order to help solve the challenges of this country. In the past black people were killed like ants, I don't think you dared to show sympathy or any form of empathy towards this. I hope you don't instill this negativity in your kids because they won't go far with life's challenges.

  • Well done? - 2010-09-09 11:56

    Wonder if those that died in hospital due to negligence, striking etc are classified as murder cases.

  • andre - 2010-09-09 11:59

    i am affraid... 1 murder is 1 to many... I will never be grateful for a REDUCED murder rate! Life is a one chance gift... who the hell gives anyone the right to glorify murder by shouting the numbers have dropped! I dismiss these figures with all the contempt it deserves. It shows we have the wrong leadership in this country! Go to hell ANC...

  • peter - 2010-09-09 12:00

    There were 19 people MURDERED yesterday in two seperate TAXI incidents. YEs MURDER as these were caused by TAXI drivers again not following the law. These stats need to be included. ALso who beleievs these people anyway. They need to start giving us reasons to trust them. Government really need to start clamping down on taxis, fines are not sufficient when they are publuic transport, each and every incident, speeding, driving in emergency lane, tail gating has the potential to KILL and as such these drivers should have there vehicals impounded immediately followed by road worthy again and a driving test

  • charlie - 2010-09-09 12:01

    a decrease in murders has absoloutely nothing to do with police successes but rather that there were less psychos in the last year killing people. the question is, how many perpetrators were brought to book by the police & how many will be successfully prosecuted due to the stirling investigations carried out by our brilliant police force

  • Already_gone - 2010-09-09 12:02

    Yay... still over 16000 murders! That's progress???

  • Sandy - 2010-09-09 12:02

    Oh wow - 'only' 47 people murdered every day, 365 days a year. What an 'achievement' - Down from 50 a day!! Thinking that is 'good news' is brainwashing! Unacceptable!!!!