Police Minister Bheki Cele said they cannot “take comfort” in the slight decline in violent crime statistics in Cape Town.
He claimed that violent crime rates were still too high despite a slight improvement.
On Friday, police released their most recent quarterly crime statistics for this year’s July through September period.
According to Cele, the statistics also revealed a 10.9 % and 7 % decline, respectively, in the number of women and children killed during the quarter.
According to the most recent quarterly crime statistics, there were 59 fewer murders than in the same period last year.
However, the figure still stands at 6,945 murder cases, or 2,315 murders per month.
Even though there were fewer murders and sexual offenses, Cele claimed they could n’t celebrate.
We cannot take solace in the fact that 6, 945 people were killed in South Africa in three months, despite the country’s overall murder rate declining between July and September of this year. We cannot claim to have arrived.
According to Cele, 293 children and 881 women were killed.
Gauteng and the Western Cape also contributed the most contact crime, according to Major-General Norman Sekhukhune, head of crime research and statistics.