South Africa’s Police Minister Blames July Unrest for Increased Crime Rates

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According to the IOL, Police Minister Bheki Cele told Parliament’s portfolio committee on police that the upheaval that followed former President Jacob Zuma’s arrest and imprisonment had an impact on increasing crime figures. Looting and violence characterised the unrest in July, which resulted in the deaths of over 300 people and extensive damage to businesses and infrastructure across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

According to Major-General Norman Sekhukhune of the South African Police Service, the period between July and September saw a higher number of killings than the previous quarter. Sekhukhune said that 6,163 were killed between July and September 2021.

Sekhukhune also said that there was an increase in sexual offences, with a higher number of incidents reported in the second quarter totaling 11,964. The release of the latest crime statistics comes after government reduced the budgets of several departments due to the outbreak of Covid-19. This includes the police and other security-related departments.

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