While there was a marginal decrease of murders in the country, some provinces still experienced an increase, according to crime statistics. Police on Friday presented official crime statistics spanning from April 1 to December 2016 to the police committee in Parliament, where they painted a picture of a country winning the fight against crime. According to the statistics, 14 333 cases of murder were reported in the time period, a decrease of 10 in comparison to the previous trimester.
JOHANNESBURGERS are SA’s most fearful citizens, even though people are more likely to be murdered in Cape Town or sexually assaulted in Mangaung. Johannesburg’s reputation as “the gangster paradise” may well be overstated. Ten years of crime statistics and research from Statistics SA show a disconnect between reality and perception. While the Johannesburg metro is not totally safe, there are certain crimes that you are far more likely to fall victim to if you live in one of SA’s eight other metros.
Limpopo police have offered a reward of up to R200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who murdered and cut in half a 62-year-old woman in Seshego earlier this year. Mapula Margaret Malatji’s body was found at Seshego Dam on January 30, police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said on Wednesday. She had been cut in half and several body parts had been removed. She left her home in Seshego Zone 4 around 05:00 on January 29 to collect her ID card from the local home affairsRead More
Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing well-known Johannesburg businessman Eugene Papo, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. The Khayelitsha Priority Crimes also handed down five years imprisonment to Siyabulela Nyewe and Andile Mpinda on Friday for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Most murders are not random. Some people are more at risk than others. Lizette Lancaster explains where murder happens, why location matters and what it means for tackling crime. Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33.
The murder rate has increased despite overall serious crime declining slightly by 0.4 percent, according to the 2013/2014 crime statistics released on Friday. “It’s a very difficult area to police. It requires each and every one of us to work together,” national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said referring to the murder rate. “We really need help in this area.”
Capetonian Quinton Cordom was handed in effect two life terms on Monday for shooting dead a traffic officer and a rival gang member, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. Provincial NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said 27-year-old Cordom was sentenced on 10 counts by the Western Cape High Court. He was handed two life terms to run separately for the murders, six years for gang offences and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Eighty one percent of murders in South Africa take place in black households, according to the SA Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) in it’s 2013 survey, according to a report. Because 79 percent of South African households according to the latest census figures are black, this figure shows black people are impacted proportionally harder by murder than other population groups, Rapport reported Of the 14.6 million households in South Africa, 79 percent are black, 11 percent white, 7.3 percent coloured and 2.3 percent Indian, says Statistics SA (SSA).
Four Mpumalanga police constables were in custody after a man they had arrested died, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Sunday. “The deceased was certified dead by paramedics who had been called to the police station. He had multiple injuries all over his body,” said spokesman Moses Dlamini. Dlamini said the man was arrested by the police officers for drunk driving on December 25.
On Friday 16 August four people were murdered and a fifth person was wounded in a car in Midrand. It is thought that the group were driving home from a party in Olievenhoutbosch when the 30 year old suspect had an argument with one of the passengers. The suspect then shot the passenger, who was also a childhood friend before shooting three other passengers as well as his girlfriend.
A serial killer, believed to be behind the rape and murder of at least 10 young girls, is on the loose in the capital city, Pretoria. A manhunt by a team of detectives is under way as fears mount that the body count could rapidly increase. Police started patching together evidence three weeks ago, linking the killings, thought to have started in 2004, after the discovery of a body in East Lynne, Pretoria.
A police officer and three traffic officials appeared in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on Monday for murder, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said. Spokesman Moses Dlamini said they were arrested for the murder of Eshowe resident Thokozani Langa. They also face charges of kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice.