More than 60 murders were reported in the Western Cape last weekend.
Last weekend – from Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June – was the first weekend after the ban on liquor sales was lifted on Monday 1 June.
Informed police sources say the murder rate has been highest since the state of confinement was announced in March and the sale of liquor has been banned.
Police Minister Bheki Cele also said on Tuesday in Soweto, Gauteng, that the murder rate had increased nationwide following the lifting of the ban on liquor sales. He said 40 murders were reported last Monday.
His spokesman, Lirandzu Themba, said on Thursday that since the country moved to level 3 of the restriction, there has been an increase of more than 25.2% nationwide compared to the murder rate in the same period a year ago.
“So, in a nutshell, 96 more murders were reported from June 1 to 7 this year than in the same period in 2019.”
She said domestic violence has also increased. “However, it could also be that because people can now leave their homes, they can now report the violence,” Themba said.
“And yes, liquor also plays a role.”