THE crime statistics for the 2017/2018 financial year painted a bleak picture for South Africa.
Even Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted that the country’s murder rate was ‘scary’ and compared it to a war-zone.
Cele revealed earlier today that over 20 300 people had been murdered during the last financial year, which meant the murder rate had increased by 6.9 per cent.
An average of 57 people are killed on a daily basis.
But how does our area area compare? In Dundee, 17 murders were reported over the period (2017/2018 financial year) an increase of two cases. There were 346 burglaries at residential premises which is also up on the previous year. 94 stock theft cases were reported
Dannhauser saw 19 murders. an increase of eight, and 115 cases of stock theft. 193 burglaries were reported.
Glencoe was little safer with five murders, two down from previous year, and 12 stocktheft cases. 93 burglaries were reported to police – an increase of 41.
In Nquthu, there were 26 murders, up by seven, and 152 burglaries – also up.
The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increase by 19.3 per cent. It is also the second deadliest place in the country. Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot.
The murder of women increased by 11 per cent with 2 930 murders compared to 2 639 in 2016/2017.
KwaZulu-Natal is the most dangerous province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred within KZN borders.
The stats also revealed that more boys than girls are being murdered in the country. The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increased by 10.9 per cent. An alarming number of boys were murdered in KZN (130), Eastern Cape (137) and Western Cape (219).
Sexual offenses still remained alarming high – with 50 108 reported cases, which meant there had been an increased of 0.9 per cent.
According to the stats, rape incidents had decreased by 0.5 per cent (40 035 incidents had been reported), while sexual assault cases had increased by 8.2 per cent (6 786 incidents reported).
Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported.
It was no surprise that cash-in-transit (CIT) heists incidents increased by 56.6 per cent (238 incidents compared to 152 during 2016/2017) along with bank robberies and truck jacking.
In KwaZulu-Natal CIT heists had increased by an alarming 20 per cent.
Carjackings, house robberies and business robberies, which had all increased during the last financial year had only slightly decreased by 2.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively.