The latest crime statistics paint a grim picture of crime in the country over the festive period and the end of 2021. Nearly four children a day were murdered in South Africa between October and December last year.  These three months was the time period of these quarterly statistics.

Three hundred and fifty-two children (up to the age of 17 ) were murdered in the last three months of 2021  and 902 women were murdered.

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

Police Minister, Bheki Cele says 11-thousand-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.

In comparison to the previous reporting period, the numbers are even more shocking. There were 6 163 murders from July to September 2021, and more women were murdered compared to the previous quarter in which 897 women were murdered.

And overall there are also other crime trends that police officials have tracked.  Despite cases of rapes decreasing in the third quarter compared to the previous year’s third quarter, they increased quarter-on-quarter. 9 556 cases of rape were recorded from July to September 2021, and 11 315 from October to December.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says members of the South African Police force must – within the confines of the law – defend their own lives and the lives of law abiding citizens.

During the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day he said 34 officers have, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, been killed while on active duty.

Ramaphosa says the fight to curb serious and violent crimes in South Africa should be a collective effort.

Read the President’s full speech here.

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The four constables are accused of demanding money from people, that they accused of breaking the law, in exchange for their freedom.

The constables, aged between 27 and 37, have been the subject of an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit since last year.

Following a thorough investigation relating to two cases reported last year and three cases this year, a warrant of arrest was issued for the four, which was executed this morning at the Harare police station where they are based.

The members are expected to make their court appearance in Khayelitsha tomorrow on charges of corruption, theft and robbery.