There were 551 people murdered in Nelson Mandela Bay between the 1st of April 2011 and the 31st of March 2012, according to police statistics released yesterday.
This figure is derived from the total number of murders reported at each of the seventeen stations within the greater Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, namely Algoa Park, Bethelsdorp, Bluewater Bay, Despatch, Gelvandale, Humewood, Ikamvelihle, Kabega Park, Kwadwesi, Kwanobuhle, Kwazakele, Mount Road, Motherwell, New Brighton, Swartkops, Uitenhage and Walmer.
This was 12 per cent higher than the period between the 1st of April 2010 and the 31st of March 2011, where the seventeen police stations listed above combined recorded only 492 deaths.
This means that the percentage increase in the number of murders in Nelson Mandela Bay far exceeds the overall provincial increase of 2.8% and goes against the national trend of a declining murder rate.
Overall the country’s murder rate showed a decline of 2.07 percent, dropping from 15,940 murders reported in 2010/11, to 15,609 in 2011/12 and the Eastern Cape showed an increase of 2.8%, with the number of murders increasing from 3,187 in 2010/11 to 3,278 in 2011/12.
The murders that took place in the city also account for roughly 16.8% of all murders in the province.
The most violent police precinct, based on the number of murders recorded, was New Brighton, which reported 115 murders for the 2011/12 period, up from 90 murders in 2010/11. Kwazakele took second place, with 99 murders recorded, up from 85 the year before, and Bethelsdorp precinct took third place, with 66 murders recorded for 2011/12, up from 56 in 2010/11.
The safest precinct, based on murders, was Uitenhage, which only recorded three murders for the 2011/12 period, down from 5 murders reported the previous period. Second safest was the Mount Road precinct, with just four murders reported, the same as the previous period, while third safest precinct was a tie between Bluewater Bay, Despatch and Humewood, all of whom recorded six murders during the 2011/12 period.