Crime Reduced, But Murder And Carjacking Are Thriving


As culled from the 2016 crime statistic released by the South African Police Service, murder and carjacking have increased in Mzansi.

Over the 12 months the crime statistic covered, murder increased by 3.2% whereas carjacking skyrocketed by 4.3%.

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Crimes On Increase


Murder increased from a previous 17, 805 in 2014/15 national record, to 18,673 . The rate of the crime is now 34 for each 100,000.

Northern Cape is the only province that experienced a decrease in murder while the Western Cape recorded the lowest increase in the crime.

Nationwide, attempted murder increased by 3.4% in 2015/16, with 18,127 cases reported.


As stated earlier, the carjacking crime skyrocketed by 4.3 percent. However, truck hijackings shrunk by 7.4 percent.

Gauteng retained its crown as the biggest hotspot for carjacking. However, the crime declined in the province by 13.6 percent. Also, Western Cape experienced a 25 percent decline in the crime.

Also, commercial crimes recorded a  3.1 percent increase with 69 917 cases. Common assault equally recorded a 2.2 percent increase with 164,958 cases. Most of the incidents happened in Gauteng and Western Cape.

Similarly, Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 2.7 percent to 132 527 cases. Just as robbery of non-residential properties increased by 2.8 percent.

Crimes That Decreased

Sexual offences decreased by 3.2 percent with 51,895 cases reported. Arson in the current financial year decreased by 4.4% to keep up with its decrease over the past three years.

Malicious damage to property decreased by 0.6% with 119 901 cases while Shoplifting  reduced by 3.6 percent to 68 786 cases.

Generally, the 2016 Crime Statistic indicated that criminal activities decreased in the country.

Albeit, 2.1 million crimes were recorded over the study period of 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. The numbers of serious crime reported decreased by 1.4 percent.

Presenting the 2016 Crime Statistic, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko blamed the use of drugs and alcohol consumption for most of the crimes.

“As society, we need to put up quite an effort to deal with the social foundation of contact crime. We are registering progress. We are beginning to see a decreasing trend. The only problem is contact crimes,” Nhleko stated.

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Commenting as well, the Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane remarked that the police is working hard to curb crime.

“We remain loyal and committed to the fight against crime. When we say that we have made progress sometimes, it is not convincing. But the downward trend suggests our efforts are making a serious dent in reducing crime,” stated Phahlane.