The South African Police Minister Bekhi Cele published crime statistics on Friday which show that 6,163 people were killed between July and September 2021, an increase in registered murders of 1,056 compared to the corresponding period last year.
< p> The new murders exceed the 5,700 people murdered in the previous quarter from April to June.
The current numbers were recorded between July 1 and September 30, a period in which South Africa under Lockdown level was 4, 3 and 2.
Minister Cele said the riots in July, in which over 300 people were killed, largely contributed to the increase in the murder rate.
“Under The other contributing factor to the rise in murders was the July riots, which particularly affected the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. This is evidenced by the fact that the … police statistics.
A total of 897 women were killed, 7.7 percent more than in the previous quarter, while child murders accounted for 31.7 percent.
Inanda, which recorded the highest number of murders in KwaZulu-Natal.
However, the Western Cape Province, whose township Nyanga is the murder capital of South Africa, recorded a 0.2 decrease in the number of murders.
The homicide rate in South Africa is one of the highest in the world due to robbery, money robbery, gang violence, car hijacking and taxi violence, all crimes committed through the use of weapons
Statistics also showed rape crimes are on the rise, which Mr Cele described as “deeply worrying” after just under 10,000 cases had been recorded for three months.
There were 9,556 rape cases reported, up from 8,922 rape cases in the same period in 2020.
“The majority of those raped si nd women and the most vulnerable people in our society, “said Minister Cele.
Mr Cele said the majority of rape victims were abused in their own homes by people they trusted .
Four hundred of the rape cases have been linked to domestic violence.
“The crime picture is not ideal, but these numbers show that things are improving in the areas where the crime rate was highest. We have responded and deployed our people where they are most needed, “said Minister Cele.
He added that the riots in July led not only to murder but also to other crimes such as arson and theft contributed.