Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

This is South Africa’s murder capital

This is South Africa’s murder capital

"And there is no war in South Africa", Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers in Cape Town.

He bandied these figures again in February this year when President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him as police minister in February - daring those who raised eyebrows at his appointment to judge him based on the output of his work as commissioner.

The number of sexual offenses increased 0.9% to 50 108, while attempted murder cases rose 0.2% to 18 233, the report showed. The murder rate increased to 35.2 per 100 000 people - more than six times higher than that of the US. "The other four have gone down that is assault GBH, assault common robbery, and robbery with aggravating circumstances and the overall broad category of contact crimes have decreased by 1.1%", said Sekhukhune.

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Nyanga, in the Western Cape, remained the murder capital of the country, with an increase in murders of 9.6%. 3,915 women and children were murdered, in total. This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

South Africa is known internationally for its violent crime, but annual statistics are often disputed, especially rape figures.

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists. Members of the portfolio committee asked him whether or not criminals had taken on a "culture of impunity" on the basis that politicians were seen to be getting away with crime. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better'.

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