24/10/2017 12:04 SAST | Updated 24/10/2017 12:05 SAST

Crime Stats: What You Need To Know

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the annual crime statistics on Tuesday. It wasn't good.

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Police take cover during a third day of protests over fishing and land issues in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Violent crime is on the rise in South Africa, though the number of reported rapes has fallen, according to the 2016/17 crime statistics report tabled at Parliament on Friday. The report, which covers the period April 1, 2016 to March 31 this year, reveals that:

  1. The number of murders rose from 18,673 in 2015/16, to 19,016 in 2016/17, an increase of 1.8 per cent;
  2. Attempted murders rose by 0.4 per cent;
  3. Car hijackings increased by 14.5 per cent, from 14,602 to 16,717 incidents;
  4. Robberies at residential premises went from 20,820 to 22,343 cases, a 7.3 per cent rise;
  5. Business robberies are up by five per cent;
  6. Cash-in-transit heists shot up 10.9 per cent;
  7. The number of reported rapes dropped by four per cent, from 41,503 to 39,828;
  8. Sexual assaults rose by 0.9 per cent;
  9. Assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm dropped 6.7 per cent; and,
  10. Stock theft has increased by 8.8 per cent;
  11. Drug-related crime rose by 12.9 per cent; and
  12. Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition was up 9.2 per cent.