Guns used in most metro area murders - survey

2016-05-04 17:48


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Pretoria - Most murders in urban metro areas involve a firearm, according to Statistics SA's Victims of Crime Survey released on Wednesday. 

Guns were the most common weapon used to commit murder, in 78.4% of cases, followed by knives in 12.9% of killings.

Knives were the weapon of choice in other urban areas (44.9%) and in rural settlements (33.3%). 

Axes were only used in about 8% of murders, in urban metro, other metro, and rural areas.

Most murderers act alone

Researchers found that 45.6% of murders were committed by one perpetrator, 8.2% by two perpetrators, and 5% by three perpetrators.

In about half the murders affecting households in metro and rural area,s the offender's age was not known. 

A total of 35.1% of killings in urban metro areas and 38.2% in rural areas were perpetrated by people aged between 35 and 54.

Most of the offenders in other urban settlement (57.8%) were classified as youth (15-34 years).  

Younger people murder out of jealousy

Households were asked if they had any idea of the motives behind the murders.

For perpetrators aged 15-34, jealousy was perceived to be one of the main reasons in 32.8% of cases.

Money or other financial motives were believed to be the motives in 42% of cases involving perpetrators aged 35-54. 

Murder hotspots

According to the survey, the country's murder hotspots are these municipalities: 
Gauteng - Westonaria
North West - City of Matlosana
Limpopo - Polokwane
Free State - Nala
KwaZulu-Natal - eThekwini
Mpumalanga - Emalahleni
Western Cape - City of Cape Town
Eastern Cape - Mnquma 
Northern Cape - Sol Plaatjie

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