SA’s Murder Rate Increases By 7 Percent To 56 Murders Per Day

SA’s Murder Rate Increases By 7 Percent To 56 Murders Per Day

SA’s Murder Rate Increases By 7 Percent To 56 Murders Per Day

He said the committee has encouraged the review and renewal of the Saps Act and Fire-Arms Control Act to bring them in line with new crime developments and ensure a policing framework that is able to deal with changing crime trends.

South Africa recorded 20,336 murders in the last year, an increase of 1,320 murders compared to the same period the year before, Police Minister Bheki Cele has said.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has described the country's murder rate as "scary", saying it borders on a war zone.

Nyanga, in Cape Town, remains the most unsafe place in South Africa.

Presenting the figures to parliament, Norman Sekhukhune, the police official responsible for crime research and statistics, said murder rate had increased for the past six consecutive years.

Of that figure, 20 336 were murders - a 6.9% increase from the previous year.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said. The report makes for grim reading and reveals that on average 57 people are murdered in the country every single day.

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The province with the least amount of murders was the Northern Cape at 340, a decrease from last year's 344.

KwaZulu-Natal reported 4 382 murders (an increase from 4 014 the previous year) and the Eastern Cape increased to 3 815 from 3 628 the previous year.

"What we have also observed is that hostel-related murders remain the reality in KZN".

"What we can say‚ and which compares with the SAPS data‚ is that for the period between April 1 2018 to August 1 2018‚ there has been a decrease in cash heists".

"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.

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

He said that the police could not work alone in trying to fight crime.

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