MPs react to Q4 crime stats

Johannesburg – Members of Parliament have described South Africa as a “crime scene” as the country records a spike in murders and rape.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and SAPS management briefed the police portfolio committee on the fourth quarter crime statistics, which showed an increase in all contact crime.

The fourth quarter crime stats, from January to March this year showed a 22.2% increase in murder compared to the corresponding period last year.

This signaled 1,107 more murders during the period.

Rape also increased by 13.7%.

Committee member Andrew Whitfield described the latest numbers as appalling.

“Our country has become a crime scene where kidnapping has increased by almost 100% year to year. This is an absolutely shocking crime statistic. Murder up by over 20%, sexual offences up. It’s a bloodbath, chairperson,” said Whitfield.

Leader of the ACDP, Kenneth Meshoe, said the police were losing the fight against crime.

“The figures speak for themselves. They are very, very disturbing,” said Meshoe.

The committee also heard how just four provinces contributed to 83% of all murders in the country.

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