56 people killed a day in 'war zone' South Africa

12 September, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace.

It comes hard on the heels of bleak crime statistics released on Tuesday‚ indicating that serious crimes‚ including murder‚ attempted murder and sexual offences‚ were increasing. "And there is no war in South Africa", Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers in Cape Town.

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".

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said.

Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable".

Nyanga had the highest rate of murder, recording over 300 murders during the period, followed by Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal, with 223 murders (an increase of 19%).

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KwaZulu-Natal is the most risky province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred withing KZN borders.

As part of its presentation, the SAPS revealed the 30 worst precincts for murder, with the Western Cape having the most stations recorded - however, Gauteng was not far behind.

"Our police need better training, equipment and resources".

But Cele says funds have been released to ensure police colleges can take in more recruits to bolster the South African Police Service's ranks. There were 4 099 Attempted Murder cases opened.

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases.

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