Police Minister Fikile Mbalula presented the 2016/17 crime statistics report in Parliament on Tuesday. 

Below are ten of the most important statistics from his report:

* In 2016/2017 financial year, approximately 2.1 million serious crime counts were recorded, of which 1 738 980 were community-reported serious crimes.



* Serious crime decreased by 1.8 percent on the previous year.

* The murder rate is up by 1.8 percent


* Carjacking has increased by 14.5 percent

* Sexual offences decreased by 4.3 percent

* Assault GBH down by 6.7 percent

* Aggravated robbery increased by 6.4 percent


* Robbery decreased by 1.3 percent

* Common assault decreased by 5.2 percent


* Attempted murder down by 0.4 percent

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