#CrimeStats: SA's murder rate up 1.8 %

Last year's figures revealed that murder went up by 4.9% compared to the 2014/2015 period.

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CAPE TOWN - The country's murder rate has increased by 1.8%, South African Police Service crime statistics have revealed.

According to the figures, 19,016 murders were recorded in 2016/2017.

National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says murders had been on the decline, but have started rising over the past several years.

β€œThe percentage change between 2011/2012 and 2016/2017 is 22.3% with 3,462 more murders.”

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of murders.

In the Western Cape, gang-related murders are at 19.3%.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the latest crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday.

The figures, released annually, provide an overview of crimes that have been reported to the police.

It is the first time that Mbalula presented the statistics since his appointment to the portfolio during a Cabinet reshuffle in March.

Last year's figures revealed that murder went up by 4.9% compared to the 2014/2015 period.

There were nearly 34 murders recorded per 100,000 people in the country.

Picture: @SAPoliceService

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)