How 20,336 people were murdered in S/Africa in one year

'The police dropped the ball' – Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

How 20,336 people were murdered in S/Africa in one year

At the same time, he welcomed Police Minister Bheki Cele's and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole's openness about the crime statistics and murder as they discussed the figures in Parliament. South Africa has one of the highest incidents of rape and murder in the world.

Cele admitted that the figures revealed that the police had "dropped the ball" in their crime-fighting efforts.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?" "I said to the South African Police Services that never again will we deliver this kind of statistic, or worse". The murder rate is up by nearly seven per cent, with 57 murders (on average) a day being reported in the country. Perhaps more frightening is the fact that pangas were used to hack 90 people to death, 76 people were killed with axes, and a further 72 were beaten to death with sjamboks.

Cele revealed earlier today that more than 20 300 people had been murdered during the last financial year, which meant the murder rate had increased by 6.9 per cent.

Sexual offences, which include rape, sexual assault, attempted sexual offence, and contact sexual offence, have also increased by 0.9%, with Gauteng taking the lead.

In Gauteng‚ the Jeppe area had the highest number of murders in the province with 125 murders reported in this financial year. The murder rate increased by 9.6%, with over 300 murders reflected on the crime stats, more than anywhere else. It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace.

Crime statistics released on Tuesday in Parliament showed that 20336 people were killed between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

The police station where most murders were reported is Nyanga in the Western Cape, followed by Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal.

The number of women and children who were murdered in 2017/2018 has increased by 291 and 146 respectively from the previous year.

Other serious crimes decreased 6.6%.

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