Violent crime on the increase in SA

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Murder and robbery increased in the past year, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Friday.

Murder had gone up five per cent, attempted murder increased by 4,6 per cent, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm increased by 1,5 per cent and robbery with aggravated circumstances was up by 12,7 per cent.

Common assault was down by 3,3 per cent and sexual offences decreased by 5,6 per cent, with rape and sexual assault dropping.

"We are not going to rest. We will continue putting effort into these areas," she said.

Rape showed a 6,3 per cent decrease.

"The Eastern Cape did not fare so well," Phiyega said.

Sexual assault showed a 4,9 per cent decrease.

"The Eastern Cape is experiencing some challenges in terms of sexual assault [of] old people," she said.

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