Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

"As communities, we must ensure that crimes are reported and that necessary assistance is provided in order for SAPS to carry out their work", read the statement.

He said three out of the seven crime categories decreased.

He said murders of girls, boys, and women have increased contributing 19.3% to the overall murder rate. "And there is no war in South Africa", Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers in Cape Town.

More than 20,300 people - some 57 every day - have been killed across the country in just 12 months, official statistics showed Tuesday.

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

Between April 2016 and the end of March past year, 52 people were killed per day in South Africa.

"We must therefore implement alternative policing measures where sexual assault cases are concerned".

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.

Cele also said rape was up 0.5 per cent, with 40,035 recorded instances compared to 39,828 in 2017.

Presenting the figures to parliament, Norman Sekhukhune, the police official responsible for crime research and statistics, said murder rate had increased for the past six consecutive years.

"The answer we must give is what should be done ... never again will we come to give such statistics ... it can not be that South Africans are put under such fear‚ stress‚" the minister said.

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