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Over 20,000 people killed in South Africa in one year

15 September 2018

Cele, who was appointed police minister at the end of February 2018, had implemented a number of changes, which wouldn't have had an effect on the numbers released today.

South Africa's murder rate rose again a year ago, official statistics showed on Tuesday, with over 20,000 people killed across the country - about 57 a day - as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.

18 233 reported attempted murders were reported over the past year. The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increased by 10.9 per cent.

"This demonstrates that they are aware of the evidence and willing to do things differently to reduce it (murder)", said Newham.

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South African police also contributed to the killings? Philippi East in the Western Cape had 205 murders.

The police station where most murders were reported is Nyanga in the Western Cape, followed by Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2016-2017, the number of rapes that were reported to the police was 39 828, but for 2017-2018 this figure rose to 40 035.

Crimes of sexual offence also increased from 49,660 to 50,108. Gauteng recorded 108 child murders, the Free State 52, the North West 49, Mpumalanga 46, Limpopo 31 and the Northern Cape 19.

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The increasing murder rate in South Africa has left the country's police minister comparing the nation to a "war zone". This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period. "It borders close to a war zone while there is peace; there is no war in South Africa".

He noticed that the police were starting to work more strategically by collecting more victim and perpetrator profiles.

During Tuesday's briefing, Sekhukhune said that most incidents of cash-in-transit crimes occured between 8am and midday on Mondays and Saturdays in business areas, spaza shops and malls. "Ok let me not go there...‚" said Cele.

Cele said as a result of the trend he has instructed the police's top management that South Africans can not be left to live in fear.

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Over 20,000 people killed in South Africa in one year