56 people killed a day in 'war zone' South Africa

Posted September 15, 2018

Presenting the figures to parliament, Norman Sekhukhune, the police official responsible for crime research and statistics, said murder rate had increased for the past six consecutive years. For the 12 months up to March, there were 20 336 murders, an average of 56 murders a day. The places gangs rule with the gun and knife, such as the Western Cape's Philippi East, Delft and Khayelitsha, are in the top 10, along with Mthatha and Mfuleni. In Dundee, 17 murders were reported over the period (2017/2018 financial year) an increase of two cases. He further stated that over 20 000 deaths were recorded in the past financial year.

Incidents of rape and attempted murder also rose. 93 burglaries were reported to police - an increase of 41. 3,915 women and children were murdered, in total.

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Sexual offences, as defined by the SAPS, include "sex without consent, unwanted sexual touching, or being forced to engaging in humiliating sexual acts".

KwaZulu-Natal is the most unsafe province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred within KZN borders.

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"The filings, involving two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo, come as the African National Congress government is seeking to amend the country's constitution to allow outright seizures of land with no compensation".

In Gauteng, Jeppe police station leads with 125 murders followed by Ivory Park with 108. The murder rate increased by 9.6%, with over 300 murders reflected on the crime stats, more than anywhere else. In context, though, there were only three reported bank robberies in 2017, compared to 13 in 2018.

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He said the committee emphasised the need for a strategic intervention from Saps, not merely operational or tactical responses. "I said to the South African Police Services that never again will we deliver this kind of statistic, or worse".