Alarm over S.Africa's 57 murders a day

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2018

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics.

South Africa's already high murder rate has increased by about 7 per cent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a "war zone".

But how does our area area compare? There were 346 burglaries at residential premises which is also up on the previous year. In 2017/2018‚ 20‚336 murders were recorded‚ an average of 57 people killed every day.

In Nquthu, there were 26 murders, up by seven, and 152 burglaries - also up.

"The top police stations in terms of murder, the Western Cape had 10 stations in the top 30 police stations, followed by Gauteng with nine, then KwaZulu-Natal with six and Eastern Cape with five". It is also the second deadliest place in the country.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%.

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Murder, attempted murder, and sexual offences have all increased.

Gauteng has the most taxi-related murders.

In the past year, 291 more women were killed than in 2017 - 117 more boys and 29 more girls.

The statistics included details that there were 62 "farm murders" in the a year ago - a racially sensitive issue in South Africa, where some white farmers say they face a wave of deadly attacks trying to force them off their land. Over 36 000 cases were reported across the province.

Carjackings, house robberies and business robberies, which had all increased during the last financial year had only slightly decreased by 2.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively in SA.

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