57 murders a day in S.Africa : minister

57 murders a day in S.Africa : minister

57 murders a day in S.Africa : minister

Of these, 6550 people were shot and killed.

The committee yesterday received the annual crime statistics and there is a marked upward trajectory in the murder rate.

Manager at Crime and Justice Information Hub at the Institute for Security Studies Lizette Lancaster says the releasing of crime stats should include the Department of Education and Social Development. I think our emphasis should be on what is to be done rather than the crime stats, which don't (sic) give any joy.

"South Africans shouldn't live in fear as a norm, or take it as a norm that 57 people die every day through guns and knives". But if you can not deal with or control murder cases, you are not bringing any joy to the South African people.

South Africa's already high murder rate has increased by about 7 per cent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a "war zone".

Cele said the focus now should not be on casting blame for the increase in murders, but on how they could "collectively pick up the ball".

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

Sekhukhune said there were 62 reported crimes that were categorised as farm murders. If we had kept the downward trend we could be on 9000.

"The SAPS will declare upfront that somewhere, somehow, we dropped the ball", he said. The murder rate is 35.2 per 100 000, which is six times higher than the United States. An alarming number of boys were murdered in KZN (130), Eastern Cape (137) and Western Cape (219). "One police officer is now looking at nearly double that". Kagiso had 101 murders, Hillbrow 98, Moroka and Tembisa 97 each, while Joburg Central recorded 91 killings.

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Last year' stats showed that murders had increased to just below 19 000.

DA spokesperson on police Zakhele Mbhele said the ANC had failed to keep ordinary citizens safe.

Cele said as a result of the trend he has instructed the police's top management that South Africans can not be left to live in fear.

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

"Strengthening cluster and station management will improve the strategic and tactical intervention in fighting crime, especially contact crime".

Members of Parliament have called for strategic interventions from the police calling for more specialised units are needed to target scourges, such as gangsterism and taxi-related violence.

Business robberies have decreased by 3.1 percent from past year.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa had continued to climb with two young Nigerians being the latest victims.

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