Crime Epidemic

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The crime statistics released by the Ministry of Safety and Security, for the year 2003, reveal some remarkable facts about crime in South Africa:

Officially 21,553 people were murdered in South Africa. The province with the highest number of murders is KwaZulu/Natal with 5,405 cases. The majority (65%) of all murders occurred in only three provinces: KwaZulu/Natal (25%), Gauteng (23%) and the Western Cape (17%).

More than half of all murders in South Africa occurred in 11 of the 43 police areas (26% of the country). The highest ratio of murders in the country occurs in the Western Cape with 84 murders per 100,000 of the population per year. 20% of all murders in South Africa occurred in only 2% of the precincts.

Murder, grievous bodily harm and attempted murder evidence strong seasonal trends - occurring most in summer, especially over the Christmas season. Murder and assaults peak during weekends, especially Friday and Saturday nights.

The Medical Research Council and Institute for Security Studies have found that, on average, 50% of murder suspects arrested, 45% of rape suspects arrested, and 35% of assault arrestees have tested positive for drugs within 48 hours prior to the arrest. (This clearly points to a relationship between drugs and crime.)

The majority (56%) of murders started as an argument which degenerated into a fight, assault and then murder.

According to the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System, 76% of all murders caused by sharp objects, and up to 50% of injuries caused by blunt objects and firearms, were alcohol related. In almost 90% of these cases the victims had high concentrations of alcohol in their blood.

A high occurrence of murder occurs in or around drinking establishments (taverns, bars and shebeens).

The Crime Administration System analysis of rape cases in South Africa blames the high incident of rape in South Africa on a “gangster subculture and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.”

45% of arrestees in rape cases tested positive for drugs. Up to 60% of rape cases are withdrawn at the request of the victims. 41% of rape victims were aged 18 years or younger with 14% being 12 years old or younger. There were officially 52,425 cases of rape.
The highest incidence of murder, rape, assault and aggravated robberies occur in the following precincts: Hillbrow, Khayelitsha, Morkka, Tembisa, Nyanga, Mamelodi and KwaMashu.

There were 903 incidents of acts of violence and murder against the farming community reported for the year 2003. 103 farmers were murdered.

The Organised Crime Unit handled 44,222 cases of stock theft in the year. 111,528 Vehicles were reported stolen, of which 45,152 (40%) were recovered.

From 1997 to 2003 - 5,020 acts of violence against farmers were reported. This included 771 murders of farmers in the last six years.

In 2003, 150 police members were murdered. In the 4 years 1999 - 2003, 654 police members were murdered.

Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:15-18

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