The latest crime figures – can it be trusted?

With various political parties giving their opinions on the latest crime figures which had been released today, the average Joe on the street is asking two questions: Can we trust it and what’s new? Murders and sexual crimes showed a shocking increase. Even our embattled minister of Police, Bheki Cele said it “did not look rosy.”

More than 22 000 murders were committed and more than 52 000 cases of abuse, rape and sexual crimes were reported. It is no secret that many rapes do not even get reported.

The Vryheidsfront Plus said it is an indication that the country is getting more dangerous to live in as years go by. Six years ago, the crime spree showed a decline, but had since risen to alarming levels. Watch this page as NewsHorn journalists provide statistics for Mpumalanga.

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