COVID-19: Slashes in crime rate in South Africa_Femi Ehiabhi

The coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease may have brought anguish to many homes in South Africa, but the virus also bred an unintended consequence: the reduction in crime rate.

South Africa’s Minister of the Police Bheki Cele said the country experienced some decline in many different crimes between July and September.

He said this was because of the national lockdown meant to combat COVID-19.

“Between July and September 2020, 5,107 people were murdered in South Africa. This meant 339 fewer people were killed, compared to the same period last year,” Cele said,

We know that the decreases were largely attributed to the fact that the country was at the time under Lockdown level 4 and level 3.”

According to statistics, all contact crimes decreased by 11.6 percent, property-related crimes dropped by 18.7 percent and sexual offences by 16.8 percent.

However, Cele pointed out that following a lull in criminal activity during the hard national COVID-19 lockdown, figures began to rise as restrictions were eased between July and September.

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