“It is abundantly clear that there has been an increase in major crimes, [and] meagre incremental decreases are hardly solace for those who continue to live in fear,” said Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard
“It is devastating that the murder rate is up for the first time in five years, reversing what had become a most welcome trend.” She said the DA would study the statistics and conduct a comprehensive analysis.
It would then provide recommendations on what needed be done to reduce crime in South Africa.
“The miniscule 0.4 percent decrease in sexual offences is highly unsatisfactory, particularly when most rape cases are not reported,” said Kohler-Barnard.
“The high incidence of rape in South Africa is our national shame, and needs to be backed with stronger reporting mechanisms, arrests and convictions.”
She also found it worrying that the statistics released on Thursday morning were up to 18-months-old. The out of date information did not help people protect themselves as they did not know what to expect in their neighbourhoods, she said.
“The DA will continue to push for a monthly release of crime statistics,” said Kohler-Barnard.