South Africa’s murder rate up nearly 7 percent, police say

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the portfolio committee on police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics on 11 September 2018

Pretoria, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) The South African parliament has expressed deep concern about the 6.9 percent increase in crimes in this country, where 57 people are murdered every day.

A total of 20,336 people were killed in the 12 months to March this year, up from 19,016 the previous year. Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot. He further stated that over 20 000 deaths were recorded in the past financial year.

This was compared to previous years' attempts at "distracting" from murder in particular.

"Our figures‚ which we have for the same period and which are recorded daily‚ are not the same as those the police have reported".

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"We are concerned with the one of the biggest increases in murder since the advent of democracy in 1994", Gareth Newman, director for crime and justice programme at the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) told AFP. Sexual offences are up.

Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on government to change its approach to combating crime, as their latest attempts to address it have been ineffective.

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Cele further said: "The crime stats are nothing to write home about".

During Tuesday's briefing, Sekhukhune said that most incidents of cash-in-transit crimes occured between 8am and midday on Mondays and Saturdays in business areas, spaza shops and malls. In three incidents, hands were used. I want to put it here that answer we must give is what is to be done because I have said to the members of the SAPS that never again we come here again to give such statistics or worse than this.

He said the committee emphasised the need for a strategic intervention from Saps, not merely operational or tactical responses.

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