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Is it true that less than 10% of murder cases in South Africa are solved?

The crime detection rate is a measure of “the successful investigation, positive identification, arrest and charging of the perpetrator”.

The detection process covers the period from the opening of a police docket until a suspect is arrested and charged, or until the docket is closed as unfounded or withdrawn in court.

The detection rate for murder was 14.5% in 2021/22, according to the South African Police Service’s annual report. It was 15.37% in 2020/21 and 21% in 2018/19.

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