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

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

They also revealed there had been an increase in sexual crimes - more than 50,100 sexual offences were reported, up from about 49,700 in the previous year. "It borders close to a war zone - when there is peace and no war in SA".

Fifty-seven people are murdered in South Africa every day, a statistic that requires more stringent action by the police.

Most murders took place in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Table Talk with newly elected Minister of Police Bheki Cele in is office in Parlaiment, Cape Town.

Portfolio committee on police chairperson Francois Beukman said: "The murder increase of 6.9% is really alarming and totally unacceptable. violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South Africans".

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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Cele revealed 20 336 people were murdered in 2017/18 - an increase of 6.9% over the past year. He said looking at the historic murder trends, the country should have lower numbers.

An average of 57 people are killed on a daily basis.

The rise in murder rate was partly down to gang violence and lethal turf wars over the control of lucrative taxi mini-bus routes that transport many poorer South Africans to work.

The station which recorded the second-highest number of murders in the country was Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal with 223 cases.

The police also made available a horrifying list of murderers' weapons of choice.

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Arson, shoplifting, burglaries at residential premises and common robberies have also decreased.

"We have lost the United Nations norm of policing which says 1 policeman to 220 citizens". Crime stats in this financial year are nothing to write home about.

Murders of women spiked by 11% with 2930 murders reported in 2017-2018 compared with 2639 in the previous period.

Sekhukhune said there were 62 reported crimes that were categorised as farm murders.

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