Concerted effort needed to stop crime
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