The police ministry publishes South Africa’s crime statistics yearly, indicating the types of criminal activities, which have either increased or decreased.
WATCH LIVE: Minister Cele shares the crime stats.
A question is asked what contributes to the rise of sexual offenses...
It's the last round of questions.
"We'll act against officers who don't do their work, especially on cases of gender-based violence." The minister says.
Cele answers a question on farm murders, saying the ministry is looking at the causes of that because in most cases, it seems the motive is unclear.
The minister says alcohol plays a factor in crime.
"Most people are raped coming from shebeens." Cele said.
Cele answers a question saying Umlazi in KZN has the highest murder rates in South Africa.
It's time for question and answer with the minister...
Cele says alcohol was a big contributing factor to many crimes like assault, murder, attempted murder and rape. He says many of these happened at a tavern or shebeen.
"The provinces that have the highest crime reduction rate is the North West, Free State and Western Cape," Cele says.
Cele says car theft and stock theft (which has been increasing over the years) has decreased.
Sexual offenses has gone up, Cele reveals that it has increased by over 800.
KZN has recorded the highest number of murders out of all the 9 provinces, which increased by 10.6%.
Some relief for Nyaga in the Western Cape:
The minister says 113 police officers have died from #Covid19 so far.
Cele says the trends show a slowing down in violent crimes. He adds that there were no bank robberies in SA during the period under review.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says going forward the crime statistics will be released quarterly.
Serious crime includes murder, attempted murder, sexual offences and robbery.
Sithole says there has been a slight decrease in serious crimes.
Seems the crime stats briefing has started in Parliament with Police commissioner Khehla Sithole.
The new statistics cover the period from April 2019 to March 2020.
Cele warned that the lockdown period had increased the number of domestic abuse cases as many women and children found themselves stuck in their homes.
With the country still battling to contain the high rates of sexual abuse against women and children, the number of reported crimes in the category increased to 52,420 from 2018 to 2019.
The number of murders in South Africa had increased from 20,336 in 2017/2018 to 21,22 murders during the last period. That means that 58 people were murdered on average daily.
So what about the crime stats of last year 2019?
“The month of June, for some reason, was a terrible month. We lost almost 29 women in one month,” Cele said.
Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to release the 2019/2020 statistics at a briefing in Pretoria.
Good morning and welcome to EWN's live blog about the crime statistics of the period 2019/2020