Bheki Cele rolls up sleeves for crime prevention summit

Saul Bowman
September 15, 2018

It is unacceptable that the murder rate has continued to rise since 2012-13 and its 6.9 percent increase compared to the previous period shows the ineffectiveness of the interventions organized by the South African Police Service, said Francois Beukman, president of the parliamentary committee.

The Eastern Cape and Western Cape ranked much lower.

Cele said the murder figure was akin to that of a "war zone", and admitted the crime statistics were dismal.

Attempted murder cases have also increased, as are the killing of women which has gone up 11%. For the 12 months up to March, there were 20 336 murders, an average of 56 murders a day.

She said its figures included attacks on vehicles travelling on the road‚ attacks on cash guards collecting or delivering money while walking across pavements‚ as well as all the different modus operandi involved in committing heists.

Nyanga had the highest rate of murder, recording over 300 murders during the period, followed by Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal, with 223 murders (an increase of 19%).

Most murder cases were linked to gang-related violence, mob justice, robberies as well as bus and taxi violence.

"More research is needed into why there was a slight reported decrease in other violent crimes such as assault (down 1.9%) or armed robbery (down 1.8%), as these are the crimes that often lead to murder", he said.

Murder is up. Rape is up.

Sekhukhune said that seven of the 10 police stations that report the highest number of murder cases are found in the Western Cape.

The number of women and children who were murdered in 2017/2018 has increased by 291 and 146 respectively from the previous year.

"The White Paper proposes a "whole of government and whole of society" approach for successful implementation‚ and will require the different spheres of government to work together to align and amend existing strategies and plans to address how they will contribute to safety‚" the department said.

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