Murder Rates See Reduction In South Africa Since Covid

Murder Rates See Reduction In South Africa Since Covid


The police minister reported on Friday that there were fewer killings in South Africa between April and June, the first decrease in a quarter since the Covid pandemic started more than three years ago.

6,228 instances were reported in the second quarter of this year, which is a decrease of 3.1% from the same period in 2022.

Police Minister Bheki Cele stated at a news conference in Pretoria that “for the first time since COVID-19 reached our shores in 2020, the murder rate of the country has declined in a single quarter.”

Stats on murder

Despite the fact that crime rates are “still unacceptable high,” police are fighting crime, and the numbers are “starting to show some decreases.”


The quarterly live presentation of the crime figures had shown a steady increase over the previous few months.

The Covid-19 lockdown, which was implemented in March 2020, caused the deadly nation of southern Africa—one of the most dangerous in the world—to have its final substantial decline in violent crime.

There is no need to celebrate the murder rate’s decrease of 3.1%, Cele said.

6,228 is more than simply a figure. They are individuals whose life were violently taken away by another.

Three fatalities


According to earlier crime data, three persons were killed every hour in the first three months of the year.

Guns, knives, and other sharp things are the murderers’ weapons of choice.

Additionally, rapes reported to the police decreased by 2.8%.

According to crime statistics, the bulk of sexual assaults still happen between known individuals, according to Cele.
“Crime prevention begins at home,”

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