Crime stats report

2013-09-19 09:35

Get the latest details as Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa releases the crime statistics for the 2012/2013 financial year.


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12:29 - "We would like to see more accurate reporting [of crime statistics]," says the ISS's senior researcher Chandre Gould.

11:57 - SA's murder, attempted murder rates rise - read here.

11:56 - Stock theft has decreased by 6.5% in the past year.

11:50 - Police officers are taking strain. 115 police suicides last year. They need support - Gareth Newham.

11:47 - Phiyega now says a lot of the increased murders originate in Western Cape, Gugulethu and Nyanga



11:45 - Phiyega: Truck hijacking is a challenging area, and we need to achieve some kind of policing partnership.

11:44 - Phiyega: Refresher courses are important because we teach you [police members] how to arrest and how not to arrest.

11:43 - We have about 24 academies for training police, Phiyega has said in response to a question surrounding training.

11:39 - Phiyega: Both licensed and unlicensed shebeens are also contributing factors to high levels of crime

11:38 - Phiyega: SAPS established the Provincial Crime Combating Forums, to monitor and keep a close record of crime. 

11:38 - Phiyega: Crime can never be a police issue alone - it is a national issue.

11:37 - Phiyega: We have started working closely with provincial departments to deal with crime. All stakeholders must be involved.

11:34 - Phiyega: There is a slight reduction in the raw figures [with] murder.

11:31 - Mthethwa: Normal policing diverted by protests - creating loopholes.


11:27 - ISS: “Violence remains unacceptably high and should be treated as a serious crisis which stands in the way of South Africa’s social and economic development.” 


11:24 - Phiyega: Men and women in blue will continue to lay down their lives to fight crime and promote safety.

11:22 - "Geez", says the police spokesperson after asking for a show of hands from curious journalists. I'm guessing that means lots of hands. 

11:19 - Phiyega says police will soon be signing a memorandum of understanding with StatsSA to improve quality of statistics.

11:18 - View continue to be raised about the authenticity of our crime statistics - Phiyega.

11:18 - Phiyega: Protests continue to be a major challenge and police are looking at remedies to fight the scourge.

11:17 - Mitchells Plain police station in the Western Cape had the highest number of crimes reported.

11:16 - Driving under the influence is another area police are focusing on, says Phiyega.

11:15 - Phiyega:  "One thing is we will intervene and we will restore order." Tough talk from the commissioner.

11:12 - Phiyega: In the past 17 years 152 000 public order issues have been handled by SAPS

11:12 - Phiyega now moves on to public order policing.

11:11 - Phiyega: Over the past nine years, the population figure was 46 million and the murder rate was 18 000. Now the rate is at 16 000 against a population of 52 million.

11:07  - Facebook user comment: Haydene Miller -  "Hope you didn't forget to count in the ministers in Government as well! Corruption and Fraud is also Crime!" 

11:07 - Facebook user comment: Estelle Conradie says of the crime statistics - "It's a LIE.... and you forgot to mention all the corrupted police officers been caught recently!! Selling of firearms, prostitution, selling of drugs ... the list goes on!!!" 


11:04 - Phiyega: "We are proud of trends we're seeing in the top 17 reported crimes & continue to struggle against setbacks"

10:59   Watch live here as Chief of Police Riah Phiyega discusses the crime statistics for the 2012/2013 financial year.

Riah Phiyega speaking at the release of the crime


10:57 - Phiyega: You can see over the past nine years we've managed to reduce crime. This is the story of success of crime prevention. 

10:57 - Phiyega emphasising the importance of understanding the methodology used in coming up with the statistics.

10:56 - Phiyega: Common assault of today contributes to murder tomorrow. One of the areas police are looking into.

10:55 - Phiyega is explaining the reporting approach and the domino effect of serious crime

10:54 - Serious & violent crime increasing in SA. Evidence that government’s approach to crime is not working, says the ISS's Gareth Newham.

10:52 - Phiyega: Protests countrywide continue to be a major challenge, consuming resources meant for visible policing.

10:51 - Phiyega fingers 'generally violent nature of our society' as one of the factors contributing to crime statistics.

10:50 - Phiyega: We would like to focus also on rural policing, but we're doing well in urban areas. 


10:49 - Phiyega: I want police members to be held accountable for their role in reducing crime.

10:48 - Phiyega: There are many underlying factors for levels of crime such as alcohol and drug abuse etc.

10:48 - Phiyega: If we are to break the back of crime, it can't be business as usual.

10:47 - The ISS says: We understand that the police work under very difficult circumstances, and we applaud the many officers who work tirelessly to combat crime and to protect people and communities in South Africa.

10:46 - Phiyega references "new problems" that have reared their head for the first time.

10:46 - "The crime situation in the country is under control" - Phiyega 

10:45 - Chief of Police Riah Phiyega presenting "a story of assurance".

10:44 - Phiyega: Let me start by thanking our minister.

10:43 - Commissioner Riah Phiyega is now speaking.

10:41 - The ISS's response to the crime statistics: “After a long period of decreases in serious and violent crime, these are the worst figures we have seen in ten years.” 

10:40 - Mthethwa: 46 180 service delivery protests and strikes and 14 843 were arrested. Of these protests 41 104 were peaceful.

10:39  - Mthethwa: Ladies and gentleman, the world as we know is changing... characterised by global influences.

10:39 - Mthethwa: There has been a 1.5% spike in driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

10:38  LIVE VIDEO: Watch live here as Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa releases the crime statistics for the 2012/2013 financial year.

10:37 - Mthethwa: Aggravated robbery has increased by 1.2% over the last year.

10:36 - Murder showed slight increase by 0.6%. Attempted murder up by 6.5%. 

10:35 - Murder has shown a constant reduction in the past nine years. We should ensure this downward trend is consistent - Mthethwa.

10:33 -  Decrease in illegal possession of guns of 0.7%.

10:33 - Minister Mthethwa: Decrease in theft of motor vehicles - 4.4% past financial year

10:33 - Mthethwa says he is working to "create strategies to reduce shoplifting, crime which silently cripples economy"

10:32 - Mthethwa: Arson decreased by 8.7% in the past year.

10:32 - Mthethwa: ATM bombings have decreased by 34.6% from 399 cases in 2011/12 to 261 in the past year.

10:29 - Decrease in bank robbery by 8.3%.

10:28 -  Assault grievous bodily harm decreased by 6.6%, common robbery also down by 2.2%.

10:27 - Common robbery down by 50,3% over 9 years and 2.2% over last financial year

10:27 - Common assault reduced by 7.9% during the past year

10:26 - The number of hijackings, burglaries and house robberies increased.

10:26 - Murder is up by 0.6% and attempted murder by 6.5%

10:24 - Rape is down by 3.3% over the past 4 years & 0.4% in the past financial year.

10:24 - Mthethwa: We are unhappy and concerned about the levels of rape in the country.

10:23 - Sexual offences have reduced - but only by 0.4%. (Rape decreased by 0.4% over past year)

10:23 - Mthethwa says service delivery protests "strain police resources”

10:21 -  Property related crime reduced significantly over past nine years.

10:21 - Contact crime down by 38.2% over the past nine years.

10:21 - There were 352 513 convictions for serious crimes.

10:20 - More than a billion litres of liquor seized over past year.

10:19 - We still experience a high prevalence of illegal firearms, says Mthethwa.

10:19 - Crimes against children decreased by 12%. 

10:19 - Crimes against women decreased by 11%. 

10:18 - 609 offenders sentenced to more than 800 life terms.

10:17 - 777 000 serious crime arrests in the previous year

10:16 - "Crime ratio is an internationally accepted depiction of crime" 

10:15 - Mthethwa: "We still recognise that more fresh and dedicated resources are the fight against crime."

10:15 - Mthethwa: "Despite much being done to capacitate police, some crimes persist. The murder of police officers being one."

10:14 - While population figures have increased, "crime continues to decrease", says Mthethwa.

10:13 - Mthethwa: "There's a police to person ratio of 1 to 336, in line with international ratio."

10:12 -  Mthethwa: "The reality is that our interventions are yielding desired effects but still a long way to go."

10:12 - Mthethwa: "A new era has dawned in South Africa...we shall reach our goal of a society that is free from crime."

10:11 - "A new era has dawned in South Africa," says Mthethwa. 

10:10 - Mthethwa has started speaking.

10:05 - Police are welcoming "millions" of viewers. They seem to be having some audio problems too...

10:00 - Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato has also called for crime statistics to be released more regularly. Read his reasoning here.

9:57 - Police officials are now arriving. Looks like we might start on time.


9:52 - Africa Check has published a guide to crime statistics in South Africa - what you need to know. Read it here.

9:42 - Journalists have started arriving at the SAPS Tshwane Training Academy in Pretoria where Mthethwa will release the results.

What do we expect Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to say when he releases the national crime statistics on Thursday morning?

Well, last year figures released by Mthethwa showed that the actual murder rate had dropped marginally, with 331 fewer people killed in 2012 compared to 2011.

Still, according to the Institute for Security Studies Gareth Newham, last year, South Africa's murder rate was 4.5 times higher than the world average.

An analysis done by SAPS research task team head at the time, Mzwandile Petros, showed totals for five of the country's most serious crimes for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012:
- Murder: 15 609 (previous year 15 940);
- Attempted murder: 14 859 (previous year 15 493);
- Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm: 192 651 (previous year 198 602);
- Common Assault: 181 670 (previous year 185 891); and
- Sexual offences: 64 514 (previous year 66 196).

Newham welcomed the reduction in violent crime categories but said the statistics did not reflect some serious emerging security threats facing the country.

These included corruption, public violence, group murders, political assassinations, and domestic violence.

At a media briefing last week, Newham also urged the police to rather release statistics monthly “and not when they are six months out of date”.

Mthethwa is expected to begin speaking at 10:00.

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