84 people murdered every day in South Africa- these are the most dangerous areas

 ·16 Feb 2024

South Africa has recorded an increase in violent crime by the end of 2023, with several police stations across the country recording a high number of murders.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that murders in the third quarter of the 2023/24 year (October to December 2023) increased by 2.1%, leading to 155 more murders compared to Q3 2022/23.

The minister said that arguments, misunderstanding and road rage were the main reasons for the killings.

“It is also concerning that of the 268 gang-related murders, 250 of these murders were reported in the Western Cape,” Cele said.

431 murders were linked to vigilantism and mob justice attacks, Gauteng registered the highest with 84, followed by the Eastern Cape with 80 and KwaZulu-Natal with 78.

The SAPS recorded a total of 7,710 murders over the period, meaning an average of 84 people were murdered every day in Q3.

The third quarter data gives the final tally for the 2023 calendar year as well, with the country ultimately recording 27,368 murders between January and December 2023 – an average of 75 murders per day.

The minister said that police stations that are hotspots for more murders will be sent additional resources to try and combat the rising crime levels.

Looking at other violent crimes over the third quarter, attempted murder increased by 13.0% from the prior period – rising from 7,016 to 7,927.

Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily (5.8%), common assault (0.4%), common robbery (3.9%) and robbery with aggravating circumstances (6.6%) all increased.

Overall, contact crime (crimes against the person) increased by 3.8% compared to the prior period.

Sexual offences (-11.0%), including rape (-1.7%), decreased compared to the prior period. That said, attempted sexual offences increased by 1.3%. Concerningly, the majority of rapes took place at the victim’s place of residence.

Cash-in-transit robberies also dropped, and 46 CITs took place – 11 less than the prior period.

However, carjackings also increased by 6.5% from 5,608 to 5,973.

CrimeOct to Dec 2022Oct to Dec 2023% Change
Bank Robbery 12+100%
Attempted Murder7 0167 927+13%
Robbery with aggravating circumstances 37 82940 331+6.6%
Carjacking5 6085 973+6.5%
Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily 50 58253 513+5.8%
Common Robbery 12 75213 243+3.9%
Contact crime (Against the person)184 020190 973+3.9%
Murder 7 5557 710+2.1%
Robbery at Residential Premises 6 256 6 380+1.7%
Attempted Sexual Offences 763773+1.3%
Common Assault52 741 52 965+0.4%
Sexual Offences15 54515 284-1,7%
Rape12 41912 2111,7%
Sexual assault2 1542 114-1,9%
Truck hijacking492480-2,4%
Robbery at non-residential premises4 9834 825-3,2%
Contact sexual offences209186-11,0%
Robbery of cash in transit5746-19.3%

Murder hotspots

The Eastern Cape (-2.7%), Free State (-2.2%) and KwaZulu-Natal (-9.4%) all saw a decline in the number of murders, while the Northern Cape saw no year-on-year change and remains the province with the fewest cases.

The five other provinces all saw an increase, with Mpumlanaga seeing a massive 41.6% increase from the prior year. The North-West saw an 11.7%, with Limpop not far behind on a 9.5% increase.

The Western Cape also saw an 8.9% increase, and the country’s richest province, Gauteng, saw a 3.8% increase.

Source: SAPS

More specifically, despite the overall drop in KZN, Inanda in eThekwini recorded the most murders at 93 over the three months.

Cape Town’s Mfuleni (80), Gugulethu (73), Nyanga (73). Khayelitsha (70) and Delft (68) all followed.

The most dangerous area in Johannesburg and the seventh overall is around Jeppe, with 68 murders.

Notably, all ten of the most dangerous areas are found within South Africa’s three biggest cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini:

StationOct to Dec 2022Oct to Dec 2023Change (Counts)
Inanda, eThekwini 87936
Mfuleni, Cape Town8980-9
Gugulethu, Cape Town507323
Nyanga, Cape Town68735
Khayelitsha, Cape Town407030
Delft, Cape Town866818
Jeppe, Johannesburg426624
Harare, Cape Town58602
Umlazi, eThekwini 51598
Kwamashu East, eThekwini 5652-4

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