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SJC: Minor crime stat decreases nothing to celebrate

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the 2016/2017 crime stats at Parliament on Tuesday.

Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition says that minor decreases in certain crimes are nothing to celebrate.

Reported sexual offences have shown a decrease of 4.3%, common assault dropped by 5.2% and common robbery also went down by 1.3%. Murder has, however, shown an increase of 1.8%.

The SJC's Dalli Weyers says these numbers remain a concern.

“The National Victims of Crime Survey by Statistics South Africa has indicated that there has been a marked decrease in the number of people who report sexual offences, grievous bodily harm, common assault and common robbery.”

On Tuesday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the 2016/2017 crime stats at Parliament.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)