- Police Minister Bheki Cele says 4,976 people were murdered in SA between January and March
- The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have seen double-digit increases in their murder rates, explained Cele
- Cele revealed that 1,327 were by people the victims knew and trusted and the other 2,378 in public places
National police minister Bheki Cele announced that the murder rate in South Africa has increased at an alarming rate. Cele says 4,976 people were murdered in SA between January and March.
Speaking today, Friday 14 March 2021, Cele revealed that the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have seen their murder rates increase by double digits.
Cele highlighted that many of these were by people the victims knew and trusted.
“Unfortunately 1,327 people died in the places of residence of either the victim or the perpetrator, including the homes of family, friends and neighbours. In some instances these people could have had some kind of domestic relationship,” Cele said.
Cele went on to divulge that 2,378 people were killed in public places, including streets, open fields, recreational parks, beaches and abandoned buildings.
Briefly News previously reported that over 100 arrests have been made in Cape Town thanks to the work of a special committee that addresses extortion in the city. Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed that 106 people have been arrested and charged in connection with extortion cases. It has been reported that a multi-disciplinary committee was set up seven months ago.
Cele spoke about three police officers being investigated for being involved in extortion; this includes the Deputy Defence Minister's protector. The protector was reportedly arrested for kidnapping in an attempt to extort last month. Seven months ago, a multi-disciplinary committee was set up.
It was also reported that Minister of Police Bheki Cele has called on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to protect the family of Julius Nyundu from the danger they are currently facing. Nyundu was murdered in the presence of his family in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
Cele says that the SAPS has to do everything they can in their power to protect Nyundu's five family members as they went back to school on Monday after schools reopened.
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