Murder rate borders on war zone, says Cele


Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole on Tuesday released the 2017/18 crime figures showing the national murder rate has increased by nearly 7%, which translates to 57 murders a day.

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

The stats show how nearly all gang-related murders in South Africa were recorded in the Western Cape.

In a recent statement released by the party, they have noted with great concern the increase in murders and the continued prevalence of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence.

Newsmen report that 19,016 murders were recorded between April 2016 to March 2017.

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Police committee chair Francois Beukman said the increase in the murder rate was "alarming and unacceptable". "Firearms drive lots of other crime‚ including robberies and of course murders and attempted murders".

Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018. Forty-two of the murders occurred on farms, 15 on small holdings and one at a cattle post.

"It is clear that violent crime is a present danger to all South Africans and relevant communities‚" he said‚ adding that an urgent plan was needed.

He said that the police could not work alone in trying to fight crime. For 2017-2018, cash-in-transit heists rose by 50%.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?"