On Friday afternoon, Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, presented the country’s Annual Crime Statistics 2019/2020…

The minister noted that the year showed a number of decreases including a “slowing down of the increase in violent crimes.”

“Indeed we are not where we want to be, however we are pleased with the improvements in most stubborn crime categories.”

In contact crimes, particularly murder, we have recorded a trend of halving the case increase in the past three years:

  • In 2017/18 the case difference was 1320
  • In 2018/19 the cases difference was 686
  • In 2019/20 we have recorded a case difference of 303

Property related crime decreased

Property related crimes – and all crimes under this category indicated a major decrease. This includes burglary at residential premises which has declined by 6.7%.

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Robbery at residential properties has also recorded a decrease of 5.8%.

Decrease in CIT robberies, but increase in carjacking and truck hijacking

Under the sub-categories of aggravated robbery, robbery of Cash in Transit recorded a decrease of 10,4% and bank robberies declined by 100,0%.

However, in the same category, Carjacking and Truck hijacking have recorded an increase of 13, 3% and 1, 7% respectively. Operational interventions have been deployed accordingly to address the growing increase.

Sexual offences – Disturbing trend in educational institutions

“This category of crime has terrorised most households and communities as most of these crimes happen behind closed doors and only publicised when the offence has been committed and in most cases when victims of crimes are no more,” said Cele.

380 cases of rape at educational institutions

“It is of concern that Educational institutions are becoming hotbeds for sexual violence, 380 cases of rape were reported at either schools, universities, colleges or day care facilities.”

“Certain categories of sexual offences have recorded a decrease whilst other categories are on an increase.”

The National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, and Major General Norman Sekhukhune, presented the statistics in full:

Contact Crimes increased by 0.7%

All Sexual Offences increased by 1.7%

Decrease in CIT robberies, but increase in carjacking and truck hijacking

Contact-Related Crimes decreased by 4.2%

All Property-Related Crimes decreased 5.2%


Burglary at non-residential and residential premises has decreased

All Other serious crimes decreased by 4.0%

Commercial Crimes increased by 0.1%

Overall the 17 Community reported serious crimes decreased by -2.7%

Crime Detected As a Result of Police Action decreased by 14.5%

The above is a broad overview of the crime statistics presented.