The Eastern Cape bucked the downward trend in the rate of murders in the country, with more murders being reported in the province between April 1st, 2011 and March 31st 2012, than over the 2010/2011 period.
While 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, 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 province also had the second highest number of murders reported, with only KwaZulu Natal reporting more murders, at 3,422. However, Kwazulu Natal, saw a decrease of 8.7% in their murder rate, dropping from 3,749 to 3,422.
The Gauteng province ranked third, with 3,012 murders reported, down from 3,257 murders reported over the 2010/11 period.
There was also a slight uptick in the number of attempted murders for the province, which went up 0.8% from 1,718 reported cases in 2010/11 to 1,731 cases reported between April 1st 2011, to 31st of March 2012.
The province ranked fourth overall with regards to attempted murders, with KwaZulu Natal first (3,666) Gauteng second (3,474) and Western Cape third (2,328).