20336 murders recorded in S/Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Minister

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The murder rate was going down by 1,000 every year before that, but we reduced it by 2,000 in that financial year."Minister of Police Bheki Cele said earlier this year".

This was compared to previous years' attempts at "distracting" from murder in particular. The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increased by 10.9 per cent. "And during the period under discussion, sixteen of the murders reported in Umlazi's policing precinct - for which a motive could be established - originated from the Glebelands Hostel", Sekhukhune said.

South African police often come under fire for failing to bring down crime levels, while police chiefs saying they need at least 62,000 more officers. Philippi East in the Western Cape had 205 murders.

"Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town", said a report from The Daily Mail.

Sexual assault also increased by a significant amount, up by 8.8%, from 6271 in 2016-2017 to 6786 in 2017-2018. Gauteng recorded 108 child murders, the Free State 52, North West 49, Mpumalanga 46, Limpopo 31, and Northern Cape 19.

Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018
Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018

Portfolio committee on police chairperson Francois Beukman said: "The murder increase of 6.9% is really alarming and totally unacceptable. violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South Africans". This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.

More women and children are being murdered in South Africa, the 2017/18 crime statistics, released in Parliament on Tuesday, showed.

"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.

In June, Cele announced a specialised task force to prioritise cash-in-transit heists. In context, though, there were only three reported bank robberies in 2017, compared to 13 in 2018. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled.

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