Cosatu welcomes lower murder rate

2011-09-08 19:20

Cape Town - Cosatu has welcomed the drop in crime rates, particularly the 6.5% drop in the murder rate, as reflected in the annual crime statistics released on Thursday.

"This is a significant drop, especially considering that murder and violent [crime] are part of the legacies of the apartheid system," the Congress of SA Trade Unions said in a statement.

Cosatu, however, voiced concern because the drop in the murder rate was not matched by a similar drop in rape statistics.

Although the report suggested rape had decreased by 3%, Cosatu believed the incidents might be higher since only an estimated one in nine victims report being raped.

"Many women who suffer the brunt of rape are reluctant to lay charges against perpetrators due to the social stigma attached to rape."

Cosatu said other factors deterring rape victims were the insensitive, and at times hostile, reception received when laying charges, and the inaccessibility of the justice system.

"The fact that many rape cases are subject to numerous postponements in court serves as another deterrent to rape reporting."

Further evidence suggested the largest increase in rape and sexual attacks had been against children under the age of 7. Some quoted reports indicated a woman was raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. Most rapes happened between people who knew each other.

"Cosatu strongly believes that the defeat of crime, especially crimes committed against women and children, requires strong mobilisation by progressive forces in our society."

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union lauded the police for reducing crime. It said police visibility on the streets had helped reduce public and street robbery by almost 10.2%, and carjacking by 23.6%.

"This vividly displays that the highway patrols are bearing fruit. These strides clearly paint a picture that police officers are always available on every village, farm, town, city, suburb, and/or any other area during the time of need."

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-08 19:44

    As opposed to condemning it?

      Bill Xhosa - 2011-09-09 01:56

      I'm with you 100%. Doesn't every sound individual and organization welcome a lower murder rate. Finding an organization that condemns it would be far more newsworthy.

  • Ross - 2011-09-08 19:44

    America: Population: 303 000 000 Murders per annum: 17 000 Southe Africa: Population: 50 000 000 Murders per annum: 16 000 Helooo!

      msendi - 2011-09-08 20:00

      R U an American?

  • DerpyHooves - 2011-09-08 19:49

    Good job News24 users, your constant whining has finally resulted in a drop in the crime. Keep it up!

  • Schalk - 2011-09-08 19:50

    Oh my, every bad thing in the country, including murder, is a legacy of the apartheid regime... Of course it has nothing to do with the incompetence in the ANC and Cosato-enforced labor laws making people unemployable. Come on, guys. Surely this scapegoat has now been bled dry (like the taxpayer). I also welcome the drop in murder rate. It is important that we keep up this trend into next year and beyond. However, I would tend to suspect the primary reason for decreasing crime to be this: South Africans are becoming increasingly adept at turning their homes into fortresses, organizing private neighborhood/farm watches and not going alone into any dark alleys. So, remember to lock all the doors, set the alarm and pay the private security bill. Fear and paranoia keeps you alive.

  • Foreigner - 2011-09-08 19:52

    Murder along with culture of crime in South Africa is not and never was a product of Apartheid. It's a culture that's been there since the days of Chaka-Zulu and will be there long past many of us are dead. Hopefully not through crime should we ever decide to visit SA. For once leave Apartheid alone! Fact is, bad as that system was but it was the only deterrent to murder and crime South Africa will ever have.

  • PEDRO CAPAZORIO - 2011-09-08 19:53

    Cosatu numb drums, only voice there opinion when something drop's.They stopped whinging about the toll fees the minute the govt withdrew taxi's from paying.Crime levels are unacceptable. Cosatu is like when you have a dog that barks in the wrong direction, hence they have a blind dog.

  • kryses - 2011-09-08 20:02

    Cosatu catch a WAKE UP. You dick-heads still reckon this is "part of the legacy of Apartheid"? well I am surprised considering that the stats took an exponential rise after 1994!!!! What you got to say about that? Typical shooting off of the mouth before the brain is engaged (if there is one)

  • dragon - 2011-09-08 21:04

    Murder rate in 2009/2010 = 16 834 Murder rate in 2010/2011 = 15 940 only 894 down but sex crimes, reported = 66 196. Shocking, shocking, shocking!

  • Pieter - 2011-09-09 09:09

    Maybe there are just less people to murder?

  • marvo - 2011-09-16 13:28

    Good news. Note that murders in the other countries at the top of the statistics are artiificially low due to police corruption and disappearances. If this is applied, South Africa (12th place) would plausibly be further down the list and those countries (mostly in Latin America) would have higher rates. Good news though.

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