Crime Stats: Murder of women down by 5.4%, but child murders increase in 2018/19

2019-09-12 11:10
Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefing the media. (Ethan Van Diemen, News24)

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefing the media. (Ethan Van Diemen, News24)

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The number of women murdered in the 2018/19 financial year in South African decreased, but the number of children murdered increased, MPs heard on Thursday.

In a briefing to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police, Police Minister Bheki Cele anticipated the reaction to the results, saying: "Our statistics are not rosy."

There were 2 771 women murdered in the period, down from 2 930, a decrease of 5.4%.

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However, there were 1 014 children murdered in the 2018/19 financial year, a 2.9% increase from the 985 murders the previous year.

Reported sexual offences against women decreased slightly to 36 597 in the 2018/19 financial year, a decrease of 0.4%.

There was also an increase in sexual offences against children, with 24 387 children falling victim, a 3.8% increase.

The briefing continues.

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