South Africa: Crime Stats - Murder of Women Down By 5.4 Percent, but Child Murders Increase in 2018/19

12 September 2019

The number of women murdered in the 2018/19 financial year in South African decreased, but the number of children murdered increased, MPs heard on Thursday.

In a briefing to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police, Police Minister Bheki Cele anticipated the reaction to the results, saying: "Our statistics are not rosy."

There were 2 771 women murdered in the period, down from 2 930, a decrease of 5.4%.

However, there were 1 014 children murdered in the 2018/19 financial year, a 2.9% increase from the 985 murders the previous year.

Reported sexual offences against women decreased slightly to 36 597 in the 2018/19 financial year, a decrease of 0.4%.

There was also an increase in sexual offences against children, with 24 387 children falling victim, a 3.8% increase.

The briefing continues.

Source: News24

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: News24Wire

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.