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Murder rate borders on war zone, says Cele

Murder rate borders on war zone, says Cele”

"Crime stats are nothing to write home about ... our emphasis is what should to be done‚ rather than the crime stats ... the example I have all the time is it doesn't matter what figures you put‚ if you can not deal with murder cases it will not bring any joy to South Africans ... on average 57 people are murdered a day‚ which brings us close to a war zone ... yet we are not in war‚" Cele said.

On average 56 people were killed a day in South Africa in the 12 months to March this year, an increase of 30 per cent in the past six years, officials said.

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.

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

A parliamentary committee says police efforts to deal with the problem have been ineffective and that commanders should strengthen the law enforcement presence in crime hotspots. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

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

The province with the highest number of murders was Western Cape, which includes Cape Town - the country's top tourist hub - followed by Gauteng, the seat of the capital Pretoria and the economic hub of Johannesburg.

South African police often come under fire for failing to bring down crime levels, while police chiefs saying they need at least 62,000 more officers.



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