- Police Minister Bheki Cele has released the 2017/18 crime statistics
- The report makes for grim reading and reveals that on average 57 people are murdered in the country every single day
- During his presentation, Cele likened the murder rate to that of a war zone
Police Minister Bheki Cele has released the 2017/18 national crime statistics during a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police in Cape Town. The report reveals that an average of 57 people are murdered in the country each and every day.
This grim statistic revealed by Cele shows 20 336 people were murdered in the reported period and represents a 6.9% or 1 320 increase over last year.
During the presentation, Cele likened the murder rate in South Africa to what one might expect to find in a country which was in a state of war. Cele revealed that more than three million serious contact crimes had been reported across the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nyanga received the dubious honour of being the murder capital of the nation, the local police station received 308 murder cases in the reported period a near 10% increase over the previous year.
IOL.co.za reported that Cape Town central received the most reports of contact crimes in the country.
During his presentation, Cele seemed to shrug off the latest report and said the statistics were nothing to write home about.
Cele said he felt the SAPS should focus its attention on remedial action and real-world ways to tackle crimes of all types rather than focusing on the statistics which don’t bring good news to anyone.
The Northern Cape and Mpumalanga were the only two provinces to experience a drop in murder rate over the previous year.
Cele was emphatic in his assessment of the state of law enforcement in the country and said despite the increases in murder and violent crimes the country had not yet become a lawless wasteland.
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