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Bheki Cele Blames Easing of Lockdown Restrictions for High Crimes Starts, Recommends Hard Lockdown

According to Bheki Cele, the reason crime statistics are high in South Africa is because government has eased lockdown restrictions.

Cele has compared stats for the year 2020 and the current 2021 and claims that this time last year, the country was in hard lockdown and this resulted in lower numbers of reported crime. Cele was speaking during the release of the Quarterly Crime Statistics, which reflect double-digit increases in crimes that occurred between April and the end of June this year.

“The crime statistics of the first quarter…are dismal if not understood within the context that lockdown levels introduced an irregular variation into the crime trends. This however does not get us off the hook. While the double-digit increases do not necessarily reflect a true picture because they are being compared to an abnormal period when the country was at a standstill. It still means more work must be done to ensure the safety of all those who live within our borders. ” he said at a media briefing on Friday.

But many have begged to differ as crime in South Africa has always been a problem, even before the coronavirus pandemic and the hard lockdown was implemented in South Africa. There has been a reported sharp increase in the number of contact crimes like murder, rape, assault. The minister does howerver admit that the crime stats are increasing at an alarming rate and that the police department could to better in protecting the nation.

Read below the stats

The statistics reflect the following increases in the different crime categories:

  • A 60, 6% increase in contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, sexual offences and all categories of assault when compared to the same period last year. There were 5760 murders during the first quarter of the year – an increase of 66,2%
  • A 74, 1% increase in sexual crimes. The minister revealed a 72,4% increase in reported rape cases with 10006 victims coming to the fore
  • A 92% increase in trio crimes like house robberies, business robberies and hijackings
  • A 35% increase in other serious crimes like commercial crime, shoplifting and theft


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