South Africa's murder rate up by 1.4%

South Africa's murder rate up by 1.4%

Over 21 000 people were murdered in South Africa between April last year and March this year.


It's an increase of 1.4 percent in the national murder rate.

Releasing the crime stats on Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele said the Umlazi and Inanda police stations recorded the highest number of murder cases in the province. 

KwaZulu-Natal's murder rate is up 10.6 percent- the highest in the country

All contact crimes have increased in KZN - except attempted murder which is down by 1 percent. 

The number of sexual offences is also up in KZN. 

Cele says Umlazi, Indada and Plessislaer police stations reported the most rape cases. 

"Carjacking and truck hijacking have recorded an increase of 13, 3% and 1, 7% respectively. Operational interventions have been deployed accordingly to address the growing increase.  

"It is of concern that educational institutions are becoming hotbeds for sexual violence, 380 cases of rape were reported at either schools, daycares, colleges or day care facilities."

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