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#CrimeStats: MPs concerned about increase in murder rate

The statistic show that the national murder rate is now 34 per 100,000, up from 33 last year.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko briefing the media on the 2015/16 crime statistics. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians have raised concerns about the increase in murder and called on police management to do more to ensure crime is reduced.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, accompanied by South African Police Service (Saps) senior officials earlier briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police, where it was revealed murder was up by 4.9 percent in the 2015/16 financial year.



The statistic show that the national murder rate is now 34 per 100,000, up from 33 last year.

Overall contact crimes, which includes murder, attempted murder, assault and sexual offences, have gone up by one percent.



Police Committee chairperson Francois Beukman has welcomed drop in some crimes including sexual offences, but is concerned about an increase in contact crimes.

"It's essential that the police services ensure that from a policing point of view, in terms of visibility as well as crime detection, that more effort is made to decrease the figures."

Democratic Alliance MP Zakhele Mbele says the numbers paint a bleak picture.

"We still see a concerning trend of increases in violent crime as we saw with murder, as well as in property crimes, carjacking, burglaries and robberies."

The Freedom Front Plus's Pieter Groenewald also called on citizens to assist police.