Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
20 Aug 2021
5:56 pm

Latest crime stats confirm 10-year-long upward trajectory, and no plan to fix it

Rorisang Kgosana

While Cele said lockdown skewed last year's quarterly crime statistics, experts say the picture is much worse when compared with four years ago.

Police Minister Bheki Cele presenting the quarterly crime statistics at Tshedimosetso House in Pretoria, 20 August 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Police Minister Bheki Cele’s delivery of the crime statistics on Friday confirmed a continuous upward trajectory of crime, which is likely to continue until police identify improvement opportunities and clean out corrupt and incompetent leaders. The statistics for the April to June 2021 quarter showed a double-digit rise in crimes compared to the same period last year. This, however, should not be a shock, according to Cele, as the period was skewed by the country being under lockdown level 5 in the period last year, and criminals were supposedly also stuck at home. Murder had increased by 66.2% with 5 760...