Almost 300 000 people arrested since lockdown

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Despite the hardships of having been forced to be too careful to avoid Covid-19 infections, Police Minister Bheki Cele said police still continued to do their job to their best.

The minister said these words during a media briefing and update on 2020/21 crime stats on Friday.

Stats revealed that police managed to arrest almost 300 000 people for violating lockdown regulations that were set by the command team.

He said that of the 298 252 people arrested and charged, 181 579 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. Unfortunately, most of the people arrested will come out with criminal records and it is not our aim to criminalise South Africans. This is why the minister of justice and correctional services is looking at this issue,” said minister Cele.

He also said that they have seen a drastic drop in number of reported Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases, even though it is not something to celebrate he reckons that this might have a lot to do with lockdown and how certain women might be disadvantaged and being unable to report abuses.

He says that alcohol ban has also made a huge difference resulting in about 53,891 fewer cases of murder, attempted murder, assault GBH, common robbery and common assault reported compared to the same reporting period.

Equating to 37,4% drop.

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