Is it true that less than 10% of murder cases in South Africa are solved?
The crime detection rate indicates “the successful investigation, positive identification, arrest and charging of the perpetrator”.
The detection process covers the period from when a police docket is opened until a suspect has been arrested and charged, or until the docket is closed as unfounded or withdrawn before court.
In 2018/19, the detection rate for murder was 21%, according to the South African Police Service’s annual report. It was 22% in 2017/18.