Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

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

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

He said murders of women and children had also increased.

South Africa's murder rate rose again past 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 South African Police Service has released the latest crime stats for 2017/18, revealing an unsettling increase in the number of murders taking place in South Africa over the a year ago.

"We are concerned with the one of the biggest increases in murder since the advent of democracy in 1994", Gareth Newman, director for crime and justice programme at the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) told AFP.

In 2017-2018, 20,336 murders were recorded, 1,320 more than in the previous financial year.

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Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable".

Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town.

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.

He said three out of the seven crime categories decreased. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled.

"SA Police Service dropped the ball‚ we literally dropped the ball for such figures to happen‚" he added.

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