MEC worried by Mpumalanga’s murder rate increase

MEC worried by Mpumalanga’s murder rate increase

The 16.4 percent rise in Mpumalanga’s murder rate was of grave concern, community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Tuesday.

“The figure is even more that the national murder rate,” Shongwe said in a speech prepared for delivery at a media briefing on the province’s crime statistics for April 2013 to March 2014.

“Cluster stations such as Witbank, Pienaar, Acornhoek, KwaMhlanga, Middelburg and Secunda collectively contributed about 55 percent to the total number of contact crimes reported for the period under review.”

According to the 2013/2014 crime statistics released on Friday, the national murder rate had increased by five percent.

Contact crimes were murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery…

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