The minister of police told the media that there were 5 107 people killed during the three month period from July, but this was a decline of 339 compared to the same period last year.
Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced a decline in the murder and rape cases during the period of the lockdown between July and September.
He said that even though murder declined by 339 it was still shocking that there were so many people killed in three months.
Cele said sexual offences decreased by 16.8%
The minister said despite this decline it was still a high number of people who were raped.
“The other thing that keeps on surprising us and we will work hard on it is gender-based,” said Cele.
He said they will work hard to clamp down on GBV cases because the numbers were unacceptable.
He said they need to rein in those behind these crimes.