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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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to play a more active role in helping fight crime in their communities.

During the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day, Ramaphosa said more would also be done to bring to book those who are responsible for killing police officers.

He says 34 police officers were killed, while on duty, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The President says 840 officer have also, over the past year, succumbed to covid-19.

He says more should be done to bring criminals to book.

Read the President’s full speech here.

Follow his address here.

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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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More than R900-million has been allocated by National Treasury to the South African Police Service and the National Defence Force to bring about peace and stability after the recent protests and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says the assistance comes in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent calls to better equip the country’s law-enforcement agencies to respond to protests.

Mboweni says R250-million has been allocated to SAPS, while R700-million has been allocated to the SANDF.

He says damages to buildings and infrastructure amounted to billions of Rand.

Read the Minister’s full statement here.

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