CAPE TOWN– An average of 57 people are murdered in South Africa every day, a statistic which requires more stringent action by the police, said Police Minister Bheki Cele as the South African Police Service (SAPS) presented the Crime Statistics for the 2017/18 fiscal year at the Good Hope Centre in Parliament here Tuesday.

“The crime statistics of this fiscal year – 2017/18 – are nothing to write home about, absolutely nothing to write home about. I think our emphasis should be on what is to be done rather than the crime stats, which don’t (sic) give any joy,” he said.

“The example I have all the time when I talk about these stats, it doesn’t matter what figures you give. But if you cannot deal with or control murder cases, you are not bringing any joy to the South African people. It doesn’t matter what else you reduce, but if people die and it looks like …. 57 [people are dying] per day. That’s how many South Africans are murdered, 57 a day. It borders close to a war zone.”

The statistics show that 20,336 murders were reported during the period under review, which represents a 6.9 per cent increase overall compared with the previous year.

Cele said he has instructed the police’s top management that South Africans cannot be left to live in fear.
“I immediately say the South African Police Services dropped the ball for such figures to happen,” he said.

“I want to put it here that answer we must give is what is to be done because I have said to the members of the SAPS that never again we come here again to give such statistics or worse than this. It can’t be that South Africans are put under such stress and such fear… [for] murder.”

The statistics also revealed that the number of children and women being killed is on the increase.
SAPS head of crime research and statistics Major-General Norman Sekhukhune said gender-based violence (GBV), as well as violence against children, had come under the spotlight recently with protests being staged across the country calling for an end to the scourge.

On Tuesday, Sekhukhune told Members of Parliament that when one brings together the statistics of women and children that fall victim to murder, more than 3,000 cases were reported over the year under review. He said 2,930 women were murdered during the financial year, up by 11 per cent from the previous year.

The number of boys who were victims of murder increased from 574 to 691 while the nu,ber of girls murdered rose from 265 to 294.


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