Murder rate climbs

Murder rate on the rise

The murder rate has risen in four of the country's nine provinces. 

Crime scene

That is according to the crime statistics for 2016/2017 which are being released in Parliament.

Presenting the statistics, Norman Sekhukhune, the head of crime research and statistics at the SA Police Service, said the number of murders reported has increased by 1.8% this financial year.

Sekhukhune revealed over 19 000 murders were reported in 2016/17.

Sekhukhune also revealed which is the safest province to live in.

The Eastern Cape has the worst murder ratio per 100 000 people at 55.9.

The Western Cape comes in second at 51.7 per 100 000 people.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is also in Parliament.

He has revealed that contact crimes dropped 2.4% in the last year.

Edited by: Marius van der Walt

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