- October 2017
- Posted By GunFreeSA
MEDIA STATEMENT: Gun Free South Africa’s response to 2016-17 crime stats ( 24 October 2017) Poor enforcement of gun control laws is leaking guns from the legal to the illegal pool and driving South Africa’s year-on-year increase in violent crime. Latest crime statistics show murder, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances – crimes most likely committed with a gun – have increased for the fifth year running. In 2016-17, 51 people were murdered every day, 343 more people than in the previous year (an 1.8% increase), attempted murders were up by 78 (0.4%), while 8,429 more robberies with aggravating circumstances were committed (a 6.4% increase to 140,956). Although the police must be commended for recovering an additional 1,362 illegal firearms and rounds of ammunition in 2016-17, Gun Free South Africa is concerned that this 9% improvement is due to the greater availability of guns, instead of improvements in policing. Since 2012, South Africa has seen a steady rise in violent crime, with murder increasing a staggering 22%, from a low of 15,554 murders in 2011-12 to 19,016 in 2016-17.