How 20,336 people were murdered in S/Africa in one year

I can say the South African Police Service dropped the ball, his situation must be arrested and reversed with lightning speed.

Of the 62: 12 were reported in Gauteng, nine each in Limpopo and North West, eight each in Mpumalanga and the Free State, seven in KwaZulu-Natal, and three each in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs media following the presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics.

Presenting the figures to parliament, Norman Sekhukhune, the police official responsible for crime statistics, said the murder rate had increased for six consecutive years.

Cele, who took over as minister from Fikile Mbalula in February this year, says police have to work to bring down the number of murders.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said.

Cele earlier told MPs this translated into an average of 57 people being killed in South Africa every day.

Institute for Security Studies justice and violence prevention head Gareth Newham said to deal with murders, police needed to focus on hotspots.

"What we have also observed is that hostel-related murders remain the reality in KZN".

Arson, shoplifting, burglaries at residential premises and common robberies have also decreased.

The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increase by 19.3 per cent.

He said the political "destabilisation" of the past 10 years and changed police commissioners led to structural weakness.

Murders of women spiked by 11% with 2930 murders reported in 2017-2018 compared with 2639 in the previous period.

Despite an increase in carjacking, house and business robberies, contact crimes showed a 1.9% dip in the 2017-18 year. During his term, he introduced the Tactical Response Team to help fight serious crimes.

  • Tracy Klein