KwaZulu-Natal has emerged as the province with the most murders and rapes in the country, with 4 495 murder cases – 464 more than last year, according to statistics released today.
At a presentation today, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that figures related to criminal cases have indicated that two KwaZulu-Natal townships – Inanda and Umlazi – are the most problematic areas.
Inanda, north of Durban, remains South Africa’s rape capital, with 297 cases reported, followed by Umlazi with 293.
The most murders were also recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, which recorded a 10% year-on-year increase, followed by Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Inanda had 231 cases of murder and Umlazi had 212.
“I don’t know why these areas are so crime-ridden – perhaps we should ask a psychologist,” said Cele, responding to questions at the presentation.
He said that, on the whole, the 2019/20 statistics had reflected a decrease in violent crimes: “We’re not yet where we want to be, but we’re pleased with the improvement in most stubborn crime categories. In contact crimes, particularly murder, we’ve recorded a trend of halving the case increase over the past three years,” he said.
The figures revealed that:
- In 2017/18, the case increase was 1 320;
- In 2018/19, the case increase was 686; and
- In 2019/20, the case increase was 303.
There had also been a noticeable drop in stock theft, which had been on the increase over the past three years.
“Last year, we committed to deploying intervention measures in this regard, which have yielded positive results, so stock theft has decreased by 4.2 %.
“I always argue that the same resources that are deployed to fight aggravated robberies must be channelled to address stock theft, as this is regarded as a serious crime in the rural economy,” said Cele.
He said the good news was that there had also been a significant decrease in property-related crimes, including burglaries at residential premises.
“The significant reduction in crimes of fear contributes positively towards police and community relations. When families feel safe in their homes, it enhances their confidence in the police and the justice system,” said Cele.
He added that cash-in-transit robberies had decreased by 10.4% and bank robberies declined by 100%.