CAPE TOWN – The country’s murder rate has increased by 1.8%, South African Police Service crime statistics have revealed.
According to the figures, 19,016 murders were recorded in 2016/2017.
National Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says murders had been on the decline, but have started rising over the past several years.
“The percentage change between 2011/2012 and 2016/2017 is 22.3% with 3,462 more murders.”
Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of murders.
In the Western Cape, gang-related murders are at 19.3%.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the latest crime statistics in Parliament today (Tuesday)
Statistics, detailing which passenger vehicles, SUVs, trucks and vehicle manufacturers are being targeted by criminals in South Africa.
According to the report, the most hijacked passenger vehicle in South Africa is the Volkswagen Polo.
As a result, Volkswagen, followed by Toyota and Ford were the most targeted manufacturers in the country.
The Toyota’s Fortuner was the most hijacked SUV, making Toyota the SUV manufacturer most targeted by criminals in South Africa followed by Land Rover and Nissan, Ctrack said.
Nissan and Scania were the most targeted truck manufacturers, according to the report.
The SAPS, insurers and other industry players are notoriously reluctant to discuss which vehicles are most hijacked in the country. Previous attempts to get solid data on the topic proved unsuccessful.
Notably, this data is an almost exact mirror of the best-selling passenger vehicle in South Africa every month.
The Volkswagen Polo and Polo Vivo are currently the first and second-bestselling cars in South Africa with the Toyota Fortuner currently in third.
In order: VW, Toyota, Ford, Citroen, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Renault, Chevrolet, Tata, Opel, Nissan, Honda, Citroen,Volvo, Datsun.
In order: Toyota, Land Rover, Nissan, Mahindra, VW, Jeep, Porsche, Renault, Ford, Daihatsu, BMW.
Trucks and machines
In order: Nissan, Scania, Freithliner, Hino, Isuzu, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Superlink, MAN, Hyundai.