LATEST CRIME STATISTICS

Q3 2023/24 (October – December 2023) crime statistics released by SAPS on 16 February 2024

Children murdered
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Children murdered per day
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Women murdered
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Women murdered per day
0
Rape cases reported
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Rape cases reported per day
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Bheki Cele – Time to go!

The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, is not doing his job. He should be putting strategies in place to curb and eradicate crime. 

However, he spends his days attending funerals with his motorcade, yelling at activists, making insensitive statements about rape and trying to convince us the shocking crime statistics show a decline.

Not only crime but also the minister is desperately out of control.

If Cele had been the CEO of a company, shareholders would have demanded his hat a very long time ago.

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The Top 5 Reasons Cele Should GO
  1. Crime statistics
    Under Cele’s management, South Africa consistently recorded more than 100 cases of rape per day – between four and five rapes per hour. Cele was satisfied with a decrease of around 500 cases in the latest quarter (April to June 2022) to 9 516 cases compared to the previous year.

    South Africa recorded the bloodiest year for murder since 2006 in 2021/2022, with 24 865 committed murders. The past quarter (April to June 2022) showed that 6 424 people lost their lives due to murder in three months – the highest first-quarter rate since 2016.

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  2. DNA backlog 

    Cele blatantly lied when he promised the outstanding DNA backlog would be cleared in six months by October 2022.

    According to information from the SAPS through a PAIA application, Action Society learned that the national DNA backlog stood at 143 795 in July 2022. However, it took 15 months to reduce the backlog by 40% from 241 152 in April 2021 – around 6 500 per month. It is impossible to clear the backlog in a month’s time and then still process an influx of 18 000 entries per month.

    Cele also decided private-public partnerships would not be needed to help clear the backlog.
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  3. More than 95 000 violent crime offenders released without DNA samples  
    It took seven years to get the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill – better known as the DNA or CO (convicted offenders) Bill approved by the National Assembly. Only after Action Society threatened legal action in August 2021 the Minister of Police Bheki Cele finally introduced the Bill.

    Cele delayed the process pending the finalisation of discussions with the Minister of Home Affairs to establish a population DNA database of all citizens of South Africa.
    The delay led to 96 785 violent crime offenders being released on parole since 2016 without capturing their buccal DNA samples.

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  4. Inappropriate spending by Police Ministry  
    While the SAPS offered police officers a 3% wage increase this year, Minister Bheki Cele revealed that his department has spent over R1,5 billion on accommodation, R42,7 million on catering and R1,8 million on entertainment since March 2019.

    The Treasury awarded the South African Police Service a budget of R110,2 billion in 2022. However, they underspent their budget by R4 billion last year.

    In the meantime, some rural police stations close at night because they are underresourced and don’t have things like toilet seats, light bulbs or the basic stationery to do their jobs.

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  5. Cele fired as Police Commissioner
    In July 2009, Bheki Cele was appointed National Commissioner of the SAPS.

    In early 2011, the Public Protector found that the government had leased office buildings in Pretoria and Durban – intended to serve as police headquarters – at vastly inflated rates worth more than R1,5 billion. A board of inquiry found that Cele had been dishonest and was unfit for office and recommended his dismissal. He was fired in June 2012.

    He was appointed as Police Minister in February 2018. 

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