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South Africa’s murder rate increased in the last quarter

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South Africa’s murder rate went up by 2% in the last quarter of 2023, with nearly 8 000 people murdered, but sexual offences declined...

SA’s second quarter murder rate drops slightly but remains stubbornly high

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South Africa’s murder rate dropped by .8% between July and September this year, with 6 945 people murdered, the latest crime statistics have revealed. Police...

ISS: South Africa would benefit from a crime harm index

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Recently released police crime statistics show a 3% decline in murder for the second quarter of 2023 compared to last year. The number of...

SAPS maintains its operations are driving down crime

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The South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) intensive campaign, Operation Shanela, continues to make a positive contribution to the decline of crime in the country,...

Crime still unacceptably high, but SA records a decrease in murder...

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says while there are still unacceptably high crime levels, violent crime levels are starting to show a decrease. “We have analysed...

ISS: Reducing murder must be a top SA government priority

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There were, on average, 520 murders a week in South Africa during the 2022 calendar year. According to available data, this is one of...

ISS: Soaring murder rates underline the lack of sound direction for...

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Recent official crime statistics show that murder rates in South Africa are soaring, reinforcing concerns about the government’s leadership in addressing the problem. For the...

SA records a 11.5% increase in murder rate

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed concern at the country’s alarmingly high murder rates. Releasing the quarter one (Q1) crime statistics for the 2022/23 financial...

Wildlife vet says it’s rhino “murder” not poaching

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Rhino poaching in South Africa is at a critical level despite a “deafening” silence from official government communications and mainstream media, one of southern...

20.7% increase in murders between July and September

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A total of 6 163 people were killed in South Africa between July and September 2021, Police Minister Bheki Cele says. The revelation is contained in...

Death toll rises as police investigate 168 unrest-related murder cases

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Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the death toll from the civil unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 276 and...

Ethiopian soldiers guilty of rape, murder

Three Ethiopian soldiers were convicted of rape and one of killing a civilian in Ethiopia's Tigray region, government said, the first public statement on...

Increase in South Africa’s murder rate

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While South Africans recorded fewer violent crimes, murder remains reluctantly stubborn, the 2019/20 crime statistics have revealed. According to the annual crime statistics released by...

Murder spike noted in level three

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The lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol since the beginning of lockdown level three in June has ushered an unwanted surge...

Case brought against soldiers on lockdown duty

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In what is believed to be the third incident of violence - apparently a murder - involving soldiers since the 28 March lockdown started,...

Thabane skips Lesotho

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane left the country, missing a court appearance at where he was expected to be charged with murdering his estranged...

Thabane in court

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was in court today (Monday) to hear charges of murdering his estranged wife, a Reuters witness said. Thabane (80)...

Lesotho PM to face murder charge

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his late wife, the deputy police commissioner said in the latest twist...

Lesotho PM’s wife charged with murder

Lesotho police charged Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife with the murder of his previous spouse, the South African Broadcasting Corporation said. Police last month...

Soldier’s body found in burnt out car

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmeded the murder of a soldier whose body was found in the boot of a state...

Hollande questioned over Mali murders

A French judge questioned former French President Francois Hollande as a witness as part of an investigation into the assassination of two journalists in...

Former Kenyan police officer guilty of murdering detainee

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A court in Kenya convicted an ex-senior police officer of murder following the death of a suspect in 2013, in what rights groups welcomed...

South Sudan soldiers sentenced for 2016 murder, rape

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A South Sudanese military court sentenced 10 soldiers to prison for the rape of foreign aid workers and the murder of a...

ISS: South Africa’s police must be where the crime is

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South Africans are 13% more likely to be murdered than six years ago. At 34 murders per 100 000 people, the murder...

Teargas used against Kenyans protesting slum murder

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Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse a crowd protesting against the overnight murder of four people in a slum in Nairobi. Parts of...

ISS: What do we know about murder in South Africa?

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The most recent crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) revealed that 19 016 murders were recorded in the...

Killed and dumped in wells: the horrors of Gambia’s ex-regime

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When 52 West African migrants sneaked into Gambia from Senegal on July 21, 2005, they expected to meet a boat to ferry...

Kenyan election official murdered

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A senior Kenyan election official was murdered three days after he went missing, poll officials said, as opposition leaders warned the killing...

Murdered UN experts talked travel with DR Congo militia family –...

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Two United Nations sanctions monitors in Democratic Republic of Congo discussed travel plans with family representatives of a late militia leader the...

FBI helping South Sudan in murder and rape trial

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A US Federal Bureau of Investigation official is helping South Sudan to prosecute suspects in the murder of a South Sudanese aid...

Murder, rape trial of South Sudan troops starts

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South Sudanese soldiers accused of raping at least five foreign aid workers and killing their local colleague last year are due to...

Migrant murder suspect arrested in Italy

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Italy arrested a Libyan suspected of involvement in the killing of a migrant, shot when he refused to take off his baseball...

Mexico’s 2016 murder tally exceeds those of many countries at war...

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Mexico had the second-highest number of murders last year among countries considered in "armed conflict," more than Iraq and Afghanistan, according to...

ISS: Why are South Africans underreporting on crime?

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As South Africa's political environment deteriorates, so too does public safety. For the sixth consecutive year, the country is seeing increases in...

Kenyan court charges four police officers with murder of rights lawyer,...

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A Kenyan high court on Monday charged four police officers with murder over what human rights groups say were the extra-judicial killings...

ISS: SA murder by numbers

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Over the past three years, the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100 000 people to 33. This...

SA murder rate increases by 4.6%

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South Africa's murder rate continues to increase with a total of 17 805 murders committed from 1 April 2014 to 31 March...

ISS: First in line for murder

South Africans have the right to know when and where they are most at risk of being murdered. Over the past two years,...

Man found guilty of rape, mutilation that shocked South Africa

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A South African court found a 21-year-old man guilty on Tuesday of the rape, mutilation and murder of a teenager in a...

EU condemns Israel by inference over Dubai hit

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The European Union has condemned the use of fraudulent EU passports by the killers of a Palestinian militant in Dubai, showing its...

Murder decrease by 30% since 1994

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Murder in South Africa has declined by 30% since 1994, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). The thinktank says...