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SA murders increase to highest level in a decade

SA’s murder rate is more than six times higher than the US.
Homicides in SA increase to 21 022 in the 12 months through March, an average of almost 58 a day, report shows. Image: Waldo Swiegers, Bloomberg

The number of murders in South Africa climbed to the highest level in at least a decade as an overburdened police force struggled to keep violent crime in check.

The number of homicides rose by 3.4% to 21 022 in the 12 months through March — an average of almost 58 a day — the police service said in its annual crime statistics report released in parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. The murder rate rose to 36.4 per 100 000 people, from 35.4 in the previous year. The rate is more than six times higher than that of the US.

“Our crime stats are not very rosy,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers. “There are a very high number of people who are murdered by people they know. It would be very difficult for police to police such cases.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made combating crime a top priority since taking office in February last year. His efforts have been set back over recent weeks by an outbreak of xenophobic violence that claimed at least 12 lives and a series of fatal attacks on women that have sparked street protests.

South Africa’s murder rate was 35.2 per 100 000 in 2017-18 and has fallen from 67.9 per 100 000 people in 1995, when an integrated national police force was created and national statistics were compiled for the first time. It has been on the rise since 2011.

Changes to law-enforcement agencies’ top management during former President Jacob Zuma’s almost nine-year tenure hampered efforts to fight crime. Violent crime was fuelled by widespread alcohol and drug abuse, the police said.

Key statistics:

  • The number of sexual offences rose 4.6% to 52 420, while the number of attempted murder cases increased 4.1% to 18 980, the police report showed.
  • Incidents of truck-jacking fell by 1.7%, while car-jackings declined 1.8%.
  • Commercial crimes surged 14%.
  • There were four bank robberies during the year under review, down from 13 the year before.

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Will you visit or invest in a country with this statistics?

Context and perspective are important. Without it, we are left with emotions only. Our levels of violence are unacceptable and horrific, that is a fact. It is 15 times higher than in Japan and 3 times lower than in Bolivia and Honduras, and 50% below Venezuela. We are a peaceful and safe society, compared to those countries.

Our rate of crime and violence is quite “normal” for a country with our socio-economic situation. Only nature can improve these statistics, and with every gunshot, nature is busy changing it.

100% incorrect-look at e.g. India s murder rate and their GDP per capita( SA GDP per capita is triple of India)

And this is flashed on Bloomberg…great for investment!

A number of my friends have been murdered, and nobody has ever been arrested- so this suggests the perpetrators were people close to them, so I should NOT expect justice to be served…

Confirms the adage “choose your friends carefully”- but it certainly is NOT “better the devil you know”!


Living under ANC rule will turn most people ‘postal’.

These guys are exceeding their KPA’s! Exceeding all stretch targets!!

Helaman 3:35
Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in their faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.

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