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An update on progress and achievements
The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster briefed the media on 13 December 2015 on the implementation of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF 2014 – 2019) in the first phase of implementation of the National Development Plan as it relates to crime. Read the full statement.
Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced the crime statistics for 2014/15 on 29 September 2015.
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said the national crime statistics were an indication that there was a need to deal with social circumstances at a multi-disciplinary level across society.
The Minister said 83.4% of the serious crimes that were reported by members of the community led to the arrests and charging of 1 795 947 persons, of which 4 808 were arrested by the elite crime fighting unit, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).
He said 1043 life sentences were imposed on 739 suspects, while 686 police were arrested for various types of crimes in 2014/15.
Police recovered 36 186 vehicles that were reported lost or stolen.
“Police detected crime has increased by 16.6% percent in the reporting period which resulted in 350 579 arrests
South Africa’s murder rate continues to increase with a total of 17 805 murders committed from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.
KwaZulu-Natal had the most murder incidents which went up from 3616 in 2013/14 to 3810 in 2014/15.
This was followed by Gauteng with 346 more murders than the last reporting year. The total number of murders in Gauteng stood at 3671. The Western Cape had 31 86 murder incidents, the Eastern Cape had 3321. There were 943 murders in the Free State in 2014/15 as compared to 942 in 2013/14. In North West 853 murders were committed which is up from 824.
Murders decreased in the Northern Cape from 437 in 2013/14 to 413 this year.
Attempted murder is also up by 3.2% nationally, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape leading with the highest number of reported attempted murders.
Four of the nine provinces recorded decreases in contact crimes during 2014/ 15, and those are Free State (-7.9%), Eastern Cape (-6.0%), KwaZulu-Natal (-3.2%) and the Northern Cape (-0.3%).
The Western Cape recorded the highest increase in contact crime (7.0%), with Limpopo seeing an increase of 5.6% and Gauteng 4.0%.
In the North West, contact crimes went up by 1.8%, while Mpumalanga recorded an increase of 0.3%.
While contact crimes decreased by a rate of 17.8% over the past ten years, they have gone up by a rate of 0.9% in the 2014/ 15 financial year.
Property related crimes, which includes burglary at non-residential or non-residential premises, theft of motor vehicles and stock theft, saw a downward trend decreasing by 0.8 percent to 553487 reported cases nationally.
There was also a decrease in other serious crimes such as commercial crime and shoplifting which dropped from 510 748 in 2013/14 to 499 698 in 2014/ 15 reporting period.
But car hijackings increased by 14.2 %, which is up from almost 1 593 reported cases in the 2013/14 financial year. Truck hijacking also jumped by 29.1% to 1 279 in the period under review.
Robberies at residential premises also increased by 5.2 % to 20 281.
But police seem to be winning the war against bank robberies and cash in transit heists. South Africa only saw about 17 bank robberies – there were 21 previously - while there were only 119 robberies of cash in transit vehicles which is down from 145 in the previous financial year.
The total number of sexual offences incidents dropped by 5 % to 53 617 incidents, this includes violent sexual offences such as rape.
Police in South Africa are responsible for a population of over 54 million and the distribution population ratio stands at one officer to 358 citizens.
Source: SA Government News
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- An electronic monitoring pilot project has been carried out, which will create new ways of dealing with criminals who commit minor offences and those eligible for bail who are not a threat to society. It will alleviate correctional service centre overcrowding, track and monitor suspects on bail, reduce multiple bail violations, guarantee court appearance and give assurance to the public that the police and correctional services will be able to account for offenders.Magistrates' court
- The Chief Justice and heads of courts have embarked on the development of holistic case-flow management interventions and a programme of action to increase the efficiency of the courts. The number of persons awaiting trial or remand detainees dropped from 53 901 in 2003/04 to 46 188 in 2012.
Corruption in the Public Service
- More than R300 million has been recovered from public officials found guilty of corruption who were reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.
- From September 2004 to October 2012, 2 202 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities.
Source: Government's year of delivery 2012/2013
Violence against women and children
Government hosts an on-going campaign to voice our anger against violence against women and children. We have to find ways of making our homes and communities safe for all, especially for women and children....... read more
Government on fighting crime and corruption
- Insight newsletter issue 20: We are a responsive government September2015
- Insight newsletter issue 14: Unpacking public perception of corruption, December 2014
- Government news on safety and security in Vuk'uzenzele
- Crime statistics series, Vol 1 2010-2011, 6 February 2014
Speeches and statements on fighting crime and corruption
- National Police Commissioner General Phiyega at the 2013/14 National Crime Statistics release, 19 September
- Commissioner Riah Phiyega: Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between SAPS and Primedia Crime Line, 15 September
- More speeches and statements
- Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on transformation programmes for prisoners, 22 September
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Release of 2012/13 South African Police Service National Crime Statistics, 19 September
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: South African Police Service and Independent Police Investigative Directorate Dept Budget Vote 2013/14, 30 May
- Minister Jeff Radebe: Justice, Crime Prevention, Safety and Security Cluster (JCPS) post-State of the Nation Address media briefing, 24 February
- Deputy Minister Makhutso Sotyu: Crime statistics, 18 October
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa on police service delivery to communities, 2 October
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa on progress made in firearm control, 18 September
- Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe: Lead SA second anniversary, 3 August
- Minister Jeff Radebe: Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster media briefing, 25 June
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Police Dept Budget Vote 2012/13, 9 May
- Minister Jeff Radebe: Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster media briefing, 19 February
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Release of National Crime Statistics, 8 Sep 2011
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Police Dept Budget Vote debate NCOP 2011/12, 26 May
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa on firearm licence applications, 24 May
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Police Dept Budget Vote 2011/12, 13 April
- Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu: Police Dept Budget Vote 2011/12, 13 April
- Minister Nathi Mthethwa briefs National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on crime prevention programmes, 10 Mar
- J Radebe: Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster programme of action briefing notes, 20 Feb
- Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) by numbers, 20 Feb
- N Mthethwa: Release of national crime statistics, 9 Sept
- N Mthethwa: Crime Turn Around Strategy Conference, 4 Sept
- J Radebe: Transcript of Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster Programme of Action (PoA) media briefing, 11 Nov
- Police Service on crime, 1 Nov
- N Mthethwa on crime-fighting programmes, 28 Oct
- J Zuma on meeting with police station commanders, 29 Sept
- J Zuma: Meeting with police station commanders, 29 Sept
- N Mthethwa: Release of Crime Statistics for 2008/09, 22 Sept
- Crime situation in South Africa - 2003/2004 to 2008/2009 (presentation) [PDF, 391 kb], 22 Sept
- Crime situation in South Africa [PDF, 968 kb] (chapter in South African Police Service Annual Report 2008/09), 22 Sept
- N Mthethwa to release 2008/09 crime statistics, 22 Sept, 21 Sept
- B Cele on fight against crime, 24 August
- F Mbalula: Nelson Mandela Bay Crime Prevention Summit, 13 August
- L Max: Western Cape Crime Summit, 25 July
- G Barry: Gospel festival against crime, 25 July
- B Dlamini: Launch of National Policy Guidelines and National Directory on Services for Victims of Violence and Crime, 22 July
- G Barry: Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster workshop, 13 July
- M Modiselle on crime in State of the Province Address, 12 June
- K Mosunkutu: Priorities on crime, 29 May
- G Barry: Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster meeting, 20 May
- North West Public Safety on fight against crime , 19 May
- Gauteng Community Safety on fight against crime, 17 March
- Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster on Mpumalanga visit, 3 March
- Police Service on crime line support, 17 February
- P Mashatile: Gauteng Aggravated Robbery Strategy launch, 3 December
- Safety and Security on Anti-Crime Summit - key messages, 2 December
- Safety and Security on Anti-crime Summit,2 December
- B Mbete: Anti-Crime Summit, 1 December
- South African Police Service on A Trollip removal from investigating criminal cases, 20 November
- N Mthethwa on South African Police Service Amendment Bill, 19 November
- N Mthethwa: Anti-crime plan, 12 November
- F Cachalia: Gauteng Community Safety quarterly media briefing, 12 November
- South African Police Service on Crime Line successes, 12 November
- S Masango on crime and safety in Mpumalanga, 6 November
- N Mthethwa: Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster monitoring and evaluation media briefing, 30 October
- South African Police Service Annual Report 2007/08 tabled in Parliament, 18 September,
- South African Police Service Annual Report 2007/08
- Directors-General of Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) on cluster meeting, 2 September
- South African Police Service on Crimeline arrests, 26 August
- Z Skweyiya: Action for a Safe South Africa Convention, 25 August
- Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster briefing, 25 August
- C Nqakula: Statement
- Transcript of briefing
- D Bruce: Study of the Violent Nature of Crime in South Africa: Creating a violence free society [PDF]
- Streets of pain, streets of sorrow: Circumstances of occurrence of murder in six areas with high murder rates - executive summary [PDF]
- Streets of pain, streets of sorrow: Circumstances of occurrence of murder in six areas with high murder rates [PDF]
- The violent nature of crime [PDF] , 25 June 2007
- Recommendations to assist govt in the fight against crime - SANews.gov.za
- The story Charles Nqakula would write if he was a journalist, 4 July
- Crime situation in South Africa - April to March: 2001 - 2008 [PDF], 30 June
- Statement on crime situation, 30 June
- S Ndebele at United Nations Crime Summit, 18 June
- SABC, Primedia partner to fight crime, 13 June
- International Marketing Council: The South Africa you want to live in, 12 June
- Active Citizens Campaign - Questions and answers [PDF], 12 June
- C Nqakula: Safety and Security Dept Budget Vote 2008/09, 4 June
- National Anti-Crime Campaign Progress Report [PDF], April
- Statement on crime situation, 6 December
- Report on crime statistics 2006/07, 6 December
- Crime situation in South Africa - April to September: 2001 - 2007, 6 December
- Executive Summary of crime situation in SA [PDF], 3 July
- Business Against Crime on release of annual crime statistics [PDF], 4 July
- SAPS Annual Report
- Anti-Crime Leadership Forum
- Primedia's Anti-Crime Campaign