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Gauteng police concerned about rise in murder rate

The crime rate is up by 0.7 percent while the murder rate has increased by 10.4 in the space of a year.

FILE. Police say they’re extremely concerned about the spike in robberies with aggravating circumstances, which increased by 11.4 percent past year, while common robbery is up by 11.6 percent. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say the crime rate has increased by 0.7 percent in the space of just one year, while the murder rate has increased by 10.4 percent over the same period.

Officials are currently briefing the Community Safety Department on the latest provincial crime statistics.

Police say they're extremely concerned about the spike in robberies with aggravating circumstances, which increased by 11.4 percent past year, while common robbery is up by 11.6 percent.

Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says a number of factors contributed to this negative statistics.

Mothiba also said they're working with the Correctional Services Department and the National Prosecuting Authority to address these crimes.