According to SAPS statistics, there was extreme violence resulting in severe injuries or deaths in only a small number of carjacking and house robbery cases over the reporting period.
It speculated that "the vast majority of house robberies, carjackings, business robberies, truck hijackings, cash-in-transit (CIT) heists and bank robberies are committed with firearms. Shots are frequently fired at victims and may hit them. The victims in many cases return fire in self-defense and may also hit the robbers, or even innocent bystanders. A number of attempted murders involving people wounded under the above circumstances can consequently be generated during a single case of such robbery."
In general, the contact crime level has dropped by 4.3%. An ISS report on the latest crime statistics says that "the reduction in murder is particularly good news given that this is the most accurate statistic for interpersonal violent crime".
In his speech at the launch of the latest crime statistics, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said, "We are also encouraged by the number of arrests that have taken place that are associated with this type of crime, which is 11 834 arrests."