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#CrimeStats: Cele says police 'dropped the ball' | News | National | M&G

"It can not be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder", he was quoted to have said while presenting the statistics.

The Portfolio Committee on Police is concerned about the increasing murder rate in South Africa.

Around 57 people are murdered in South Africa everyday according to crime statistics, the country's Police Minister revealed on Tuesday.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has vowed to put its head on a block to curb the "shocking" increase in serious crimes, particularly murder, as they have "dropped the ball", said Police Minister Bheki Cele yesterday.

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

Police minister Bheki Cele will from Thursday host a two-day national crime prevention summit.

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South Africa's annual crime stats make for grim reading. In just 12 months, more than 20,300 people have been killed in total. He said looking at the historic murder trends, the country should have lower numbers.

This was compared to previous years' attempts at "distracting" from murder in particular. Gauteng recorded 108 child murders, the Free State 52, the North West 49, Mpumalanga 46, Limpopo 31 and the Northern Cape 19.

Sekhukhune said that seven of the 10 police stations that report the highest number of murder cases are found in the Western Cape.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on government to change its approach to combating crime, as their latest attempts to address it have been ineffective.

Carjackings, house robberies and business robberies, which had all increased during the last financial year had only slightly decreased by 2.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively.

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


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