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19 Sep 2014

Drug-related crimes have increased by 26.1% in the 2013/14 financial year. 

19 Sep 2014

The crime statistics released by the SA Police Service on Friday 19 September are a stark reminder of how far South Africa still has to go to reduce violence and crime, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said on Friday.

"A second consecutive year of increases in serious violent crime such as murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery are of particular concern to all South Africans,’ said Gareth Newham, head of the ISS Governance, Crime and Justice division.

"Murder is up by 5% with an additional 809 murders. Robbery increases are particularly concerning. Home robbery is up 7.4%, with 1 334 more cases than the previous year. Business robbery is up by 13.7% with 2 238 more attacks, and car hijacking is up by 12.3% with 1 231 more attacks than occurred the previous year.

"This shows that we urgently need a new approach to reduce violence and crime,’ Newham said. ‘We must address serious challenges facing the police, involve other government departments, and look hard at the factors which cause violence."

Read the full statement here

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: By the time the police arrive, the murders have happened. It's a difficult area to police. We have to work together.

19 Sep 2014

Last year, Nyanga was SA's murder capital with 262 murders reported. 305 murders were reported in 2013/14.

19 Sep 2014

Number of violent robberies is the highest it's been in five years (119 351).

19 Sep 2014

South Africans must work together to decrease crimes, Phiyega repeats.

19 Sep 2014

More than 600 life sentences last year. "We do convict" - Phiyega

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega urges communities, civil society and all stake holders to help Saps root out the scourge of crime.

19 Sep 2014

Minister denies that police intelligence is dysfunctional, says closing down of drug labs shows not so.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: There 17 068 murders last year. It's about 800 more than year before (which showed increase of 650 from year before)

19 Sep 2014

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs down by 1.8% in past year; and by 133.1% over past 10 years - Phiyega.

19 Sep 2014

The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster. 

There is no way to know exactly how many crimes go unreported, though Statistics South Africa’s annual National Victims of Crime Survey (NVCS) does provide some insights.

According to the 2012 NVCS, 98.2% of murders were reported.

Read the full report on Africa Check here.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Indeed we are starting to see good convictions. There have been 1 110 life sentences, many for crimes against women.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: It is a collective effort when it comes to sexual offences.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: we want to encourage more reporting on rape.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Police go out to monitor protests. I haven't seen protests directed at us

19 Sep 2014

And now for questions from the media...

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega concludes and receives a smattering of claps. 

19 Sep 2014

Truckjacking increased by 6.6% over 10 years 2004/5 to 2013/14 and recorded a 5.1% increase in 2013/14

19 Sep 2014

35 drug factories dismantled in last year. 

19 Sep 2014

Illegal firearm possession up by 3.7% because of police detection 

19 Sep 2014

Crimes detected as a result of police detection (expected to rise) increased by 167.3% over 10 years and by 18.2% in 2013/14

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega now has the 3 police detected crimes left to cover. In this area you must have increases in figures, not decreases, she explains. 

19 Sep 2014

Shoplifting down 1.1%.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega says theft out of motor vehicles decreased slightly, but remains stubborn – now at 3%

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega dealing with housebreaking - there was a decrease.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega says there is a 1.3% decrease in contact related crimes - Western Cape and Eastern Cape didn't do as well as other provinces.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Cash in transit robberies are steady. Common robbery increased by 0.6%.

19 Sep 2014

According to what Phiyega says, 17068 people were murdered in SA last year. That's 47 people killed every day.

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega explains that bank robberies also went up - most of them in Gauteng

19 Sep 2014

Rape down 6.3% nationwide.

Eastern Cape seeing challenges in combatting sexual offences, especially against old people, says Phiyega.


19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Common assault had a 3.3% decrease with Western Cape being the only province not having a decrease.

19 Sep 2014

Free Sytate has seen a decrease in attempted murder. 

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Gauteng, Northern Cape, Eastern and Western Cape showed increases in murder.

19 Sep 2014

Attempted murder by 4.6%, robbery up by 12.7%.

19 Sep 2014

Assault GBH decreased by 26.5% over past 10 years, 2004/5 to 2013/14, including a 1.5% decrease in 2013/14 financial year.

19 Sep 2014

Vehicle theft down 2.6%. Theft from vehicles up, stock theft down 2.6%, commercial theft down 13.6%

19 Sep 2014

Burglary at non-residential premises down

19 Sep 2014

Murder up by 5%; sexual offences down 5.6% - Phiyega

19 Sep 2014

Phiyega: Of the 17 priority crimes, six have increased while 11 have decreased.
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