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02 August 2016
Contact crimes, including murder, assault and sexual assault have increased by one percent.
This has been revealed during the release of the April 2015 to March 2016 crime statistics to Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee.
They have told Members of Parliament that around 1.7 million charges have been laid with police for the period between 1 April last year and the end of March this year.
Police management has told members of parliament that about 2.1 million crimes were recorded in the last financial year and serious crimes account for at least 83% of that number.
The Eastern Cape, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal are the only provinces to record a drop in contact crime.