Thu. Feb 27th, 2020

Homicides and rapes rise in South Africa, one of the most dangerous countries

Homicides and rapes in South Africa increased by 3.4 and 3.9%, respectively, in the last year, according to the annual police statistics presented today by the Government of the country, which remains one of the nations with More crime in the world.

Specifically, 21,022 people died from violent causes in the year between April 1, 2018 and the same date of this 2019, which is just over 57 murders a day.

In addition, among those killings and murders, 736 were committed by minors, as noted today in a presentation of the data to Parliament by the Minister of Security, Bheki Cele.

In that period, the cases in which the victims were women (5.4% less) were reduced, but, on the contrary, those of minors (2.9%) increased.

On the other hand, the total of crimes of a sexual nature – such as rape or abuse – recorded by the Police increased to 52,420 cases (4.6%).

The violations, specifically, rose 3.9% over the same period last year. The police recorded 41,583 cases of this type, which means an average of almost 114 violations per day.

The Security Minister acknowledged that the numbers "do not look good," but noted that the rates of increase are smaller than those made public last year.

That indicates, according to Cele, some progress towards the goal of alleviating the "drastic increase" in crime that has been seen in the country from 2012 onwards.

He also stressed that crime did fall into the categories of less serious crimes – with the sole exception of robberies in residences – and that South Africa is the only country on the continent that makes such statistics public.

Thus, there were significant decreases in the number of cases reported in crimes such as drug-related crimes, in possession of weapons or in vehicle theft.

The data were revealed in a context of social tension for South Africa, due to the episodes of riots and looting with xenophobic dyes that were lived in the Johannesburg area between September 1 and last day 8.

Those incidents left 12 dead – 10 South Africans and 2 foreigners – and more than 400 detainees, as well as significant material damage to stores, vehicles and buildings.

But in addition, last week was marked by massive protests against violence to demand that the Government take drastic measures.

In response, the country's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, admitted that sexist and child violence should be treated as a national crisis and promised to allocate additional funds to address the problem and, above all, that the government will seek to approve a tightening of sentences. and make public the registration of those convicted of sexual crimes.

Despite this, in these statistics there are still no specific data on sexist violence in the country.

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