Despite the slight decreases, the Police Minister did acknowledge that more work still needs to be done to combat crime.
The crime stats also revealed that more than 13 000 sexual offences were reported during this period. The number is lower than the previous quarter’s 15 545.
The stats also showed that attempted murders of women increased by 21.5%, meaning there were 1 485 attempted murders.
According to the Minister, R70 million of the current police budget will be distributed within the provinces towards supporting Community Policing Forums (CPF).
Cele says this will be done in a bid to better equip the CPF’s with their resourcing requirements as they aim to better strengthen their working relationship with the police.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa