SA’s crime statistics are a symptom of a broken system

The latest quarterly crime statistics paint KwaZulu-Natal as the appalling epicenter of violence, with the most murders and rapes.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele, Gauteng Premier David Makhura during a crime spree in Kagiso on August 7, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@GP_CommSafety

JOHANNESBURG – Opposition parties have reacted with dismay to South Africa’s latest crime statistics – which were released by Police Minister Bheki Cele.

The minister announced on Friday that murders had increased nationally by 11%, with more than 6,400 people killed in the three months from April to June.

READ: SA murder rate climbs: 6,424 cases recorded April-June 2022

Kwa-Zulu-Natal recorded the highest number of murders with over 1,600.

Gauteng recorded the second highest murder rate at 1,490 – while the Western Cape, by comparison, is a distant fourth with 994 murders.

With the most murders and rapes, the latest quarterly crime statistics paint KwaZulu-Natal as the appalling epicenter of the violence.

Brett Herron of the Good party says the latest figures prove that South Africans have little reason to feel safe.

“The murder rate and the violent crime rate in South Africa are a symptom of a broken society that we have never properly healed. Because South Africans in poorer communities in particular live in fear.”

Outraged and unsettled, Action SA’s Herman Mashaba said the police needed to send a stronger message that crime will not be tolerated.

“I think as South Africans, let’s be honest with ourselves. If we are run by criminals in the lead, there is simply no way for our law enforcement to function.

Meanwhile, COPE’s Dennis Bloem expressed concern about the unacceptable levels of violence in the country.

“More than 6,000 people are murdered in just three months, it’s totally a shame that we have to live in such a country.