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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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Criminal justice

  • 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.

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