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ANALYSIS | Crime levels, alcohol and Covid-19 lockdowns

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Police Minister Bheki Cele briefs the media on the annual crime statistics.
Police Minister Bheki Cele briefs the media on the annual crime statistics.
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In order to determine if alcohol plays a role in crime spikes, it needs to be determined where violent crime is concentrated, as well as consider other possible factors that may have contributed to such variations in crime in these precincts, writes Guy Lamb.

In July 2020, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele released the quarterly crime statistics for the period 1 April - 30 June 2020, which corresponded with much of the of "hard" Covid-19 lockdown phase in South Africa.

The minister celebrated "a never-seen-before rosy picture of a peaceful South Africa experiencing a crime holiday". Indeed, the SAPS crime data for the period 1 April - 30 June 2020 showed an overall 37% reduction in violent interpersonal crime compared to the same period in 2018/19.

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