ISS reacts to SA murder rate increase

The police released the annual crime statistics in Parliament this morning for the year ending in March.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says it's concerned that there's been yet another increase in the murder rate.

The police released the annual crime statistics in Parliament this morning for the year ending in March, which showed the murder rate is up by 3,2 percent.

The institute's Gareth Newham says this is the fourth consecutive year where an increase has been recorded.

"Since 2012, we've seen the combined numbers increase in the number of murders in SA. It's our most accurate statistic that reflects the level of violence in our society."

He says there needs to be a rethink on what's being done to reduce violent crime.

"We need to look at what the target interventions are and where we should focus. This is a big message for us because murder is the outcome of a whole range of crimes, such as assault, robbery and gang violence. It's a key crime to be looking at."

Meanwhile, Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane has bemoaned the ongoing criticism of the South African Police Service.

He told members of Parliament (MPs) men and women in blue are doing the best they can to help reduce crime.

"Policing remains a thankless job despite the efforts that we're putting in to police our society. We continue to be pelted with observations and I'll call them 'armchair observations.'"