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

Geraldine Edwards
September 15, 2018

Releasing the annual crime statistics this week, crime registrar Norman Sekhukhune told Parliament that political killings are nearly exclusively a KwaZulu-Natal problem.

Glencoe was little safer with five murders, two down from previous year, and 12 stocktheft cases. The places gangs rule with the gun and knife, such as the Western Cape's Philippi East, Delft and Khayelitsha, are in the top 10, along with Mthatha and Mfuleni. This year, 23 488 cases were reported compared to last years figure of 24 677.

Incidents of rape and attempted murder also rose.

"We have lost the United Nations norm of policing which says 1 policeman to 220 citizens". Sexual offences are up.

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"The White Paper proposes a "whole of government and whole of society" approach for successful implementation‚ and will require the different spheres of government to work together to align and amend existing strategies and plans to address how they will contribute to safety‚" the department said.

"The filings, involving two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo, come as the African National Congress government is seeking to amend the country's constitution to allow outright seizures of land with no compensation".

Despite an increase in carjacking, house and business robberies, contact crimes showed a 1.9% dip in the 2017-18 year. This is an increase of 56.6% from a year ago.

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

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In 57 of the incidents in 2017/18 year, explosives were used, and in 178 incidents, firearms were used. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled.

"I want to put it here that we should ask what should be done".

The 2017/2018 figures - to be announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele - will tell us more about the state of crime in the country and whether we are winning the fight against criminality or not.

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