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WC recorded most gang-related murders, crime stats reveal

Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018 Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018
Faye Gross | 12 September, 2018, 11:02

The South African Police Service's head of police crime research and statistics, Major-General Norman Sekhukhune revealed that, on average, 57 people were murdered in South Africa every day.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole on Tuesday released the 2017/18 crime figures showing the national murder rate has increased by nearly 7%, which translates to 57 murders a day.

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

South Africa's already high murder rate has increased by about seven per cent, prompting the country's police minister to compare the situation to a 'war zone'.

Western Cape police stations recorded the highest number of murder reports‚ followed by those in Gauteng.

Murder, attempted murder, and sexual offences have all increased.

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The DA has also commented on the stats, calling them "a [devastating] reminder of how the ANC government is losing the battle to keep South Africans safe".

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.

The stats also show how nearly all gang-related murders in South Africa were recorded in the Western Cape.

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

"We are concerned with the one of the biggest increases in murder since the advent of democracy in 1994", Gareth Newman, director for crime and justice programme at the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) told AFP.

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