Police Minister Bheki Cele says except for the murder rate many other contact crimes have shown a significant decrease over the past festive season.

The Minister this morning released the October to December 2021 crime statistics.

He said criminals normally use this period of festivities to target members of the public.

Cele said the police’s Festive Season Operational Plan helped keep crime to a minimum.

South Africa also recorded a 9% decrease in the number of reported rape cases in the last three months of 2021.

Cele says 11,315 people were sexually assaulted between October and December last year.

He says this is a decrease of 903 rape cases when compared to the previous reporting period.

Access the third quarter 2021/2022 crime statistics here.

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The Western Cape has recorded a 55.6% percent increase in road accident deaths this past festive season.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released the 2021 Festive Season Road Statistics yesterday and says the province, over the 2021 holiday season, recorded 207 road deaths.

This is an increase from the 133 deaths reported in the 2020 festive season.

The Minister says drunken-driving and speeding played a significant role in this increase in fatalities.

Read the Minister’s full statement here.

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A total of 1 685 fatalities were recorded on the country’s roads over the 2021 festive season.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released the 2021 Festive Season Road Statistics this morning.

He says this is a 14% increase on the previous year’s festive season road fatalities.

Mbalula says authorities recorded an increase in road fatalities in seven of the country’s provinces.

Read the Minister’s full statement here.

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