Con­certed ef­fort needed to stop crime

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION -

ALTHOUGH crime is down in the North­ern Cape, “un­for­tu­nately” was a word used of­ten by Ma­jor-Gen­eral Nor­man Sekhukhune when go­ing through the na­tional crime statis­tics in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Un­for­tu­nately, more than 30 000 se­ri­ous crimes were re­ported be­tween April 2017 and March this year and, un­for­tu­nately, in many of the cat­e­gories crime is up.

Mur­der in South Africa has in­creased for seven con­sec­u­tive years, top­ping 20 000 for the pe­riod un­der re­view. On av­er­age, 57 peo­ple are mur­dered in this coun­try ev­ery day.

Other key fig­ures are 18 233 at­tempted mur­ders, 50 108 sex­ual of­fences, in­clud­ing 40 035 cases of rape. There were 156 243 re­ported as­saults and 167 352 in­volv­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm; 138 364 rob­beries with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances and 22 343 at res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

It is clear from the statis­tics that the busiest sta­tions when it comes to se­ri­ous crimes are those in the city ar­eas, Cape Town, Joburg cen­tral, Dur­ban cen­tral and Pre­to­ria cen­tral among them, but for mur­der, six of

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