South Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day

Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018

Exceeding their already high murder rate, South Africa is experiencing a reported 57 murders a day.

The ANC also joins the police committee in raising serious concern over the increase in violent crimes like murder and sexual offences.

Driving under the influence of booze or drugs is also up 14.8% while 'drug-related' crimes are up 10.5%.

In Gauteng‚ the Jeppe area had the highest number of murders in the province with 125 murders reported in this financial year.

The Western Cape and Free State also reported an increase to 3 729 murders (up from 3 311), and 1 054 murders (up from 950) respectively.

The figures show that of the more than 20,000 murders during the period, 20% were women and children.

Glencoe was little safer with five murders, two down from previous year, and 12 stocktheft cases.

Most of the murders took place in a small number of "no-go" areas that police have surrendered to gangs, prompting Bheki Cele, the police minister, to concede that his department had "dropped the ball" in its efforts to combat crime. Two-hundred-and-ninety-four girls and 691 boys were murdered. In context, though, there were only three reported bank robberies in 2017, compared to 13 in 2018.

Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported in SA.

In the 2016/2017 period, a total of 74 farm murders were recorded. This is an increase of 56.6% from previous year.

This article's original headline stated: "SA Banking Risk Information Centre says SAPS crime stats too low", which did not reflect Sabric's statements about the statistics.

"I want to put it here that we should ask what should be done".

US President Donald Trump last month ignited a firestorm of debate when he claimed on Twitter that there was a "large-scale killing of farmers" in South Africa - where the government fiercely rejected his accusations.

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