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Crime decreased by over 70% during lockdown

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Police Ministry confirmed that crimes of rape, murder, and hijacking declined by over 70% since the implementation of the national lockdown. Police Minister Bheki Cele yesterday revealed the murder rate had gone down by 72%, rape declined by 87.5%, and assault reduced by 85.2%. The minister said police had received over 10,000 fewer reports of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm this year, compared to the same period in 2019. Robberies at residential and non-residential premises, as well carjackings, had all been dramatically reduced by over 50%. Cele credited much of this to the ban of liquor sales and heightened visibility of law enforcement officers in communities. However, he said he was concerned about the high number of police officers charged with crime during the lockdown period. The minister said the 89 officers who were charged would be pushed out of the SAPS. PHOTO: (Supplied)


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