Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2020/2021.To date, 298 252 people have been arrested and charged with contraventions of the Disaster Management Act.
181 579 people were released on warning to appear before a court. 28 337 of those arrested were found guilty of violations ranging from liquor, gathering, transport, business and cross border related offences.
Minister Cele said it is equally important to acknowledge that the unavailability of alcohol also had a role to play. This is evident in the decreased numbers of cases of contact crimes which dropped by 37.4%.
This means there were 53 891 less cases of murder, attempted murder, assault GBH, Common robbery and common assault reported compared to the same reporting period.
2 692 burglaries were reported at educational premises and 1 246 liquor outlets were targeted. A 40.4% decrease in the number of rape cases were reported during the three months.
163 officers were arrested from the start of Lockdown from violating the very same lockdown regulations they were meant to enforce.
Minister said those who join SAPS with ulterior motives either than to be enforcers of the law, will be shown no mercy.