There were 55 murders, 109 rapes, 137 sexual offences, 878 assaults, 44 carjackings, and 819 burglaries every day in South Africa in the 2017 to 2018 year—and at least 5 farm murders every month, according to official figures released by the South African Police Services (SAPS).
Minister of Police Bheki Cele (with hat) released the crime statistics at a press conference.
The SAPS “Crime Statistics 2017/2018” were released on September 11, 2018, in a special briefing given to the South African Parliament by South African Minister of the Police, Bheki Cele.
According to the figures, for the period April 2017 to March 2018, there were
20,336 murders, or 55 per day;
50,108 sexual offences, or 137 per day;
18,233 attempted murders, or 49 per day;
167,352 assaults with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, or 458 per day;
156,243 common assaults, or 428 per day;
50,730 common robberies, or 138 per day;
138,364 robberies with aggravating circumstances, or 379 per day;
40,035 rapes, or 109 per day;
6,786 sexual assaults, or 18 per day;
2,066 attempted sexual offences, or 5 per day;
1,221 contact sexual offences, or 3 per day;
16,325 carjackings, or 44 per day;
22,261 robberies at residential premises, or 60 per day;
20,047 robberies at non-residential premises, or 54 per day;
71,195 burglaries at non-residential premises, or 195 per day;
228,094 burglaries at residential premises, or 624 per day;
50,663 theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles, or 138 per day;
129,174 theft out of or from motor vehicles, or 353 per day;
28,849 stock-thefts, or 79 per day;
302,656 “all theft not mentioned elsewhere,” or 829 per day;
73,277 “commercial crimes,” or 200 per day;
62,180 shoplifting crimes, or 170 per day;
17,558 illegal possession of firearms and ammunition offences, or 48 per day;
323,547 “drug-related crimes,” or 886 per day.
In addition, there were 238 robberies of cash in transit vehicles; 13 bank robberies; and 1,202 truck hijackings.
According to Cele, the 20‚336 murders recorded were 1‚320 more than in the previous year, a statistic which he said brought South Africa “close to a war zone… yet we are not in war.”
The SAPS did not release any racial statistics with their annual crime report—an unnecessary omission because everyone in South Africa knows that 99.99 percent of criminals in South Africa are black.
* The Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU), one of the country’s larger farmer unions representing white farmers, issued a statement saying that “according to the SA Police Service 62 murders were committed on agricultural properties during the last financial year.
“However, the TAU SA data base reflects a figure of 70 which implies a slightly more than 10 percent higher figure than the official statistics. This difference and the necessity to speak with one voice on a topic which is increasingly receiving international interest, demands to be consolidated.”