How 20,336 people were murdered in S/Africa in one year

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the portfolio committee on police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics on 11 September 2018

'The police dropped the ball' – Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

Between April 2016 and the end of March a year ago, 52 people were killed per day in South Africa.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%.

The release of the crime statistics for the 2017-2018 period was a sobering affair, during which Police Minister Bheki Cele likened the situation to that of a "war zone".

MPs were also not impressed with the figure‚ with the committee chairman Francois Beukman noting that the 6.9% increase in murder cases was "really alarming and totally unacceptable".

He said the murder statistics "borders close to a war zone‚ while there is peace and there is no war in SA".

South African police say a man with a knife fatally stabbed two people and wounded several others at a mosque near Cape Town before police shot and killed the attacker.

The statistics included details that there were 62 "farm murders" in the past year - a racially sensitive issue in South Africa, where some white farmers say they face a wave of deadly attacks trying to force them off their land.

"We have increased in terms of three crimes, murder, sexual, and attempted murder".

"Our police need better training, equipment and resources".

"However, we welcome the fresh approach of the new top leadership of the police to recognise and tackle this problem".

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