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

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

"It borders close to the war zone while there is a peace, there is no war in South Africa".

In 2017/2018, Sekhukhune said there were 33 incidents of robbery, six incidents of attempted murder, two incidents of rape, two incidents of stock-theft and one incident of robbery with a firearm, carjacking and kidnapping on farms and small holdings.

Asked about the discrepancies in heists‚ and questions by criminologists over the figures of certain crimes‚ police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo‚ said their data is accurate and is based on what was reported to parliament's portfolio committee on police.

The murder rate is up by nearly seven per cent, with 57 murders (on average) a day being reported in the country. At least 20 336 murders were recorded nationally. Philippi East in the Western Cape had 205 murders.

Most murders took place in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2016-2017, the number of rapes that were reported to the police was 39 828, but for 2017-2018 this figure rose to 40 035.

The massive jump in crime and murder comes in unstable times.

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The increase in the number of cases of violence against women and children has been described as a crisis.

Exceeding their already high murder rate, South Africa is experiencing a reported 57 murders a day. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

Areas of South Africa have become a "war zone", the police minister admitted yesterday, with rampant gangs fuelling the biggest increase in the national murder rate since the end of apartheid.

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists.

He said that the police could not work alone in trying to fight crime.

"Our emphasis should be on what should be done and not on the crime stats", said Cele. "We need a better criminal justice system so that murderers are locked up and keys thrown away".

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