'The police dropped the ball' - Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

More than 20,300 people - some 57 every day - have been killed across the country in just 12 months, official statistics showed Tuesday.

The release of the crime statistics for the 2017-2018 period was a sobering affair, during which Police Minister Bheki Cele likened the situation to that of a "war zone".

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

South African police also contributed to the killings?

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?"

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

"Fifty-seven a day - that's how [many] South Africans are murdered".

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Some of the main reasons behind the increase in murders included taxi violence‚ gang-related violence and mob justice‚ Sekhukhune said.

A parliamentary committee says police efforts to deal with the problem have been ineffective and that commanders should strengthen the law enforcement presence in crime hotspots. Forty-two of the murders occurred on farms, 15 on small holdings and one at a cattle post.

"It can not be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder".

"We have increased in terms of three crimes, murder, sexual, and attempted murder".

"This is indeed war-zone levels", said Mmusi Maimane, head of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party.

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases.

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