The crime statistics launched yesterday have been a becoming bookend to a reasonably grim week for South Africa.
At a time once we actually need hope, they’re virtually uniformly dismal: homicide is up (1.4%). The homicide charge is the very best it’s been in 10 years. A complete of 21325 individuals have been murdered between April 1 final 12 months and the tip of March this 12 months.
There have been 42289 reported rape circumstances over the identical interval– an appalling statistic given the probability that solely a fraction of sexual violence circumstances is ever reported.
The statistics are critically necessary on the subject of recalibrating the narrative on this nation, as a result of they provide us a much-needed perspective: lower than 6% of murders might be instantly attributed to alcohol, whereas bullying in school leads to extra assaults than robberies, jail fights, rape assaults and taxi violence.
Farm murders, bought internationally by AfriForum as genocide towards whites, amounted to simply 49 – the deadliest provinces have been the Japanese Cape and the Free State with 12 apiece.
The statistics don’t inform us in regards to the lockdown. Within the final 127 days, gender-based violence has anecdotally spiralled uncontrolled and the sale of alcohol has been banned for weeks due to its alleged affect on our anti-social behaviour.
Within the face of this, Minister of Police Bheki Cele has prided himself on the huge variety of arrests and prosecutions of people breaking the lockdown rules – particularly on the subject of cigarettes.
The truth is, his women and men in blue have been so laborious at work imposing compliance to fight the unfold of Covid-19 (which by yesterday had claimed the lives of 7812), that not a single breakthrough has been made within the 2014 Senzo Meyiwa homicide, final 12 months’s Marc Batchelor assassination, or the Melville taking pictures on January1.
Subsequent 12 months’s statistics ought to be an absolute riot – tragically.