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

Erika Holt
September 12, 2018

This puts the country's murder rate at close to 36 people murdered per 100,000 population - with police minister Bheki Cele noting that 57 people are being murdered each day. At least 20 336 murders were recorded nationally.

South Africa's murder rate rose again previous year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 people killed across the country - about 57 a day - as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said.

"Violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South Africans", Beukman said.

Sexual assault also increased by a significant amount, up by 8.8%, from 6271 in 2016-2017 to 6786 in 2017-2018.

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He said murders of girls, boys, and women have increased contributing 19.3% to the overall murder rate.

Provincially, Gauteng remained the crime capital of South Africa, with 478 659 serious crimes reported in 2017-2018.

The police service now has 191 000 members compared with 200 000 in 2010 and it could take 10 years to get back to that level, said Cele, a former police commissioner who was named minister shortly after Ramaphosa took office.

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

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