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31 July 13:01

Crime stats briefing summary:  

In the briefing on the national crime stats, the police announced an increase in the crime rate, led by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The North West and Free State had the largest decreases in community reported crime.   In particular, murder increased by 1.4% and sexual offences increase by 1.7%.

Residential property robbery decreased by 5.8%, but carjacking was up 13.3%.  

Police Minister Bheki Cele highlighted the role alcohol played in crime, highlighting 844 murder cases related to alcohol, and specifically singled out KwaZulu-Natal for an increase in crime.  

Umlazi and Inanda are the most problematic areas in KwaZulu-Natal, said Cele.  

General Khehla Sitole said that resource deployment has helped to stabilise the Western Cape and there was specific national attention focused on farm attacks.  

Cele said that 312 new recruits were being trained to help combat gender-based violence and highlighted the victim-friendly police rooms to keep victims safe.  

Regarding police members who break the law, Cele said that the appointment of the new IPID head would expedite cases of police misconduct, though he added that there were "bad apples".  

"For those good men and women who do their work, bravo to them," Cele said in praise of diligent police members.  

Cele described truck hijacking and violence as labour-related issues, but insisted that the police would act regardless.  

<p><strong>Crime stats briefing summary:

&nbsp;

</strong></p><p>In the briefing on the national crime stats, the police announced
an increase in the crime rate, led by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. </p><p>The North West
and Free State had the largest decreases in community reported crime.

&nbsp;

In particular, murder increased by 1.4% and sexual offences
increase by 1.7%. </p><p>Residential property robbery decreased by 5.8%, but carjacking
was up 13.3%.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Police Minister Bheki Cele highlighted the role alcohol
played in crime, highlighting 844 murder cases related to alcohol, and specifically
singled out KwaZulu-Natal for an increase in crime.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Umlazi and Inanda are the most problematic areas in
KwaZulu-Natal, said Cele.

&nbsp;

</p><p>General Khehla Sitole said that resource deployment has
helped to stabilise the Western Cape and there was specific national attention
focused on farm attacks.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Cele said that 312 new recruits were being trained to help
combat gender-based violence and highlighted the victim-friendly police rooms to
keep victims safe.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Regarding police members who break the law, Cele said that
the appointment of the new IPID head would expedite cases of police misconduct,
though he added that there were "bad apples".

&nbsp;

</p><p>"For those good men and women who do their work, bravo
to them," Cele said in praise of diligent police members.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Cele described truck hijacking and violence as
labour-related issues, but insisted that the police would act regardless.

&nbsp;

</p>

31 July 12:32

Briefing concludes

31 July 12:28

There's a going to be a reduction for police with the use of technologies like drones, says Sitole

31 July 12:25

Integrated teams are employed to combat rhino and elephant poaching
Integrated teams are employed to combat rhino and elephant
poaching

31 July 12:21

Truck violence attacks are labour issues, says Cele. The jobs are given to foreign nationals, and while that isn't wrong, but jobs should give jobs to foreign nationals where SA doesn't have skills.  

The question that is raised here: Is truck driving a scarce skill?  

Every crime requires police action, Cele adds

31 July 12:19

Cele says police are working with agricultural organisations to combat farm murders

31 July 12:17

Cele says police will be on the front line in the fight against gender-based violence.  

Police have recruited 312 new members to be trained specifically for gender violence.  

It is an inter-ministerial issue and the police are part of that, says Cele.  

Police have victim friendly rooms to keep victims safe

<p>Cele says police will be on the front line in the fight
against gender-based violence.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Police have recruited 312 new members to be trained
specifically for gender violence.

&nbsp;

</p><p>It is an inter-ministerial issue and the police are part of
that, says Cele.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Police have victim friendly rooms to keep victims safe

</p>

31 July 12:05

Most murders during this period happened in public spaces (9 714 cases), example on the street, open field, recreational areas. 5 522 murders happened in places of residence.

The main reason for murders was due to a misunderstanding or arguments (3 447 cases), next it is domestic related (1 482 cases). Tweet from @azarrahk

31 July 11:59

Bad police will be arrested by good police, says Cele. For those good men and women who do their work, bravo to them, says Cele.  

Says it is painful to arrest members of the police, but it is necessary to do so

31 July 11:54

The Western Cape still has a high crime rate for murder despite reductions, says Cele.  

Cele says the Western Cape is stabilised now, and in a position to go down.  

"We're not there, but we're on the right direction."  

Says that the new head of IPID will help the organisation police the police "bad apples".

<p>The Western Cape still has a high crime rate for murder
despite reductions, says Cele.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Cele says the Western Cape is stabilised now, and in a
position to go down. 

&nbsp;

</p><p>"We're not there, but we're on the right
direction."

&nbsp;

</p><p>Says that the new head of IPID will help the organisation
police the police "bad apples".

</p>

31 July 11:51

The Western Cape still has a high crime rate for murder despite reductions, says Cele.

31 July 11:45

Latest crime stats show murders increased by 1.4%

There were 21 325 murders between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, the police announced to the Portfolio Committee on Police on Friday.

This amounted to 303 murders more than the previous year - an increase of 1.4%.

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31 July 11:42

General Kehla Sitole says the police is making maximum use of online platforms to counter farm murders.  

Reservists have been utilised as well in terms of traditional policing.

<p>General Kehla Sitole says the police is making maximum use
of online platforms to counter farm murders.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Reservists have been utilised as well in terms of
traditional policing.

</p>

31 July 11:37

Cele says he takes a dim view of police members who do not help victims, especially victims of violence. Police are not there to give advice to the victims, says Cele.  

Police must act on crime reports, Cele insists

<p>Cele says he takes a dim view of police members who do not
help victims, especially victims of violence. Police are not there to give
advice to the victims, says Cele.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Police must act on crime reports, Cele insists

</p>

31 July 11:35

Farm killings are taken very seriously, says Cele. It's one area where we'd like to respond quickly to reduce attacks.  

Cele says that the farm attack in the Northern Cape, nothing was stolen. He questions the motive of the criminals. Says that in the KwaZulu-Natal case, we might be dealing with domestic violence.

31 July 11:30

General Khehla Sitole says former commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was subject to internal procedures.  

Adds that nothing is wrong with the position, but rather with crime.  

Deployment in the Western Cape has stabilised the province

<p>General Khehla Sitole says former commissioner Khomotso Phahlane
was subject to internal procedures.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Adds that nothing is wrong with the position, but rather with
crime.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Deployment in the Western Cape has stabilised the province

</p>

31 July 11:27

Cele says hostels give a lot of problems
Cele says hostels give a lot of problems

31 July 11:26

Stats do not include crime under lockdown.  

Most of the rape happens near shebeens, says Cele. We do have a problem with environmental design in Umlazi, Cele adds  

31 July 11:24

Cele says Umlazi and Inanda are the most problematic areas in KwaZulu-Natal

31 July 11:22

Cele answers questions. Says he was justified by the courts when he was police commissioner
Cele answers questions. Says he was justified by the courts
when he was police commissioner

31 July 11:17

Major General Norman Sekhukhune ends his briefing on stats

31 July 11:15

There were 73 murders of police officers, the highest in KwaZulu-Natal

31 July 11:15

7 940 rapes happened in public places, 380 rapes happened in educational facilities

31 July 11:14

Alcohol played a significant role in contact crimes such as murder, assault and rape – 844 cases related to murder

31 July 11:09

Robbery at residential properties recorded a decrease of 5.8%, while carjackings increased 13%

31 July 11:08

Crime reports increased 0.7%, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal lead the increases.  

North West and Free State had the largest decreases in community reported crime

31 July 11:02

Significant increase in car hijacking
Significant increase in car hijacking

31 July 10:57

All sexual offences increased
All sexual offences increased

31 July 10:54

Murder, sexual offences and common assault increased
Murder, sexual offences and common assault increased

31 July 10:48

Parliament approved the new amnesty period which is scheduled to commence on the 1 August 2020.

The proliferation of illegal firearms remains a major contributor to crime levels in the country. The 2019 Firearms amnesty commenced on the 1 December 2019 and was meant to run until the end of May 2020. 

In the previous amnesty period, 44 033 firearms and 246 060 rounds of ammunition were surrendered. Over 19 thousand new applications of expired licenses were received.

31 July 10:45

He says 113 police have died in the line of duty
He says 113 police have died in the line of duty

31 July 10:44

KwaZulu-Natal has the highest number of murders says Cele

31 July 10:44

ANC MP Jaqueline Mofokeng says she is very worried about the crime statistics. This after DA MP Andrew Whitfield showed a discrepancy between the reported rapes and the figure provided for rapes at the GBV figures. Tweet from @gerbjan

31 July 09:45

South Africa had 21 325 murders between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, the police announced to the Portfolio Committee on Police on Friday.

This is 303 murders more than the previous year, and increase of 1.4%.

31 July 09:37

FF Plus thanks Cele for rural safety strategy

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald thanked Police Minister Bheki Cele for the police's national rural safety strategy, while the DA claimed the government is not doing anything about farm attacks.

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31 July 09:36

Abusers should be forced out of homes, not survivors, says Cele

Abusers should be forced to leave their homes, not those they hurt, Police Minister Bheki Cele said.

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31 July 09:35

Locking up rapists and 'throwing away' key won't solve underlying GBV problem - retired judge Cameron

The legal process is an essential part of teaching men that women are not objects, and should not be violated, says retired Constitutional Court judge Edwin Cameron.

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