#CrimeStats: Murder rises by 4.6%, 17,805 people killed

The Police minister & national police chief are releasing the 2014/2015 crime statistics today.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko reports the findings of the 2014/2015 crime statistics in Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The number of murders registered in South Africa during the 2014/2015 policing financial year increased by 4.6% from the previous year, with 17,805 people being killed in the 12 months between April 2014 and March 2015.

During the 2013/2014 year, 17,023 people were murdered across the country.

Gauteng registered the highest percentage increase, with the number of murders increasing by 10.4%. In 2014/2015, 3,671 people were killed in the province, up by 346 murders from 2013/2015.

KwaZulu-Natal registered the most number of total murders for a second year, though the province's percentage increase was almost less than half of that of Gauteng, at 5.4%.

KZN has registered the most number of murders per annum for at least each of the last 10 years.

The Northern Cape registered the least number of murders for the 2014/2015 year, with 413 peopple being killed, a decrease of 5.5% from the previous 12 months.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner have been presenting the crime statistics to Parliament this morning.

Nhleko has highlighted a very serious issue related to violent crime, saying the country continues to have violence as a feature of its social outlook and contact crimes are a social phenomena.

The minister has added that 1.7 billion litres of alcohol were confiscated during the 2014/2015 year, with nearly 40,000 illegal liquor premises forcibly shut-down.

Nhleko advised that the statistics released today were assessed by Statistic South Africa in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African Police Services (Saps).

He said the police are responsible for population of over 54 million, and the distribution population ratio stands at one officer to 358 citizens.

He added that over 10 years, contact-related crimes have decreased by 15.6 percent.