Minister: 20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018

FILE The scene of a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg

The last crime stats, released in October past year, showed that murders had increased 1.8%. I think our emphasis should be on what is to be done rather than the crime stats, which don't (sic) give any joy. It borders close to the war zone.

Cele Presenting a report on the killings said 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period.

"I will like to say here and now that, that has been as a result of criminal activity among our own people which we are focusing on from a criminal element point of view". He said the numbers were going down between 2009 and 2012.

Cele was only appointed police minister in February this year, a month before the financial year ended.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on government to change its approach to combating crime, as their latest attempts to address it have been ineffective. If we had kept the downward trend we could be on 9000.

"We are on 20 000 today, SAPS have dropped the ball". Of the murders, 85 were of police officers while 62 were farm murders.

KwaZulu-Natal reported 4 382 murders (an increase from 4 014 the previous year) and the Eastern Cape increased to 3 815 from 3 628 the previous year.

Minister Cele told Parliament that there are 57 South Africans killed each and every day.

"Strengthening cluster and station management will improve the strategic and tactical intervention in fighting crime, especially contact crime. Efforts and creative interventions must be intensified and consolidated to escalate our battle against crime", Mthembu said.

The rise in murder rate was partly down to gang violence and lethal turf wars over the control of lucrative taxi mini-bus routes that transport many poorer South Africans to work.

Specifically common robberies, carjackings, theft out of motor vehicles and business robberies had increased in Pinetown by 14.9, 50, 23 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively. "The government's response to the 1990s crime wave focused on reducing availability of guns", he said.

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