This is South Africa’s murder capital

This is South Africa’s murder capital

"It borders on a war zone", the visibly angry minister said.

Politicians across party lines have expressed dissatisfaction with the almost seven percent increase in murders in South Africa.

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".

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

Cele admitted that the figures revealed that the police had "dropped the ball" in their crime-fighting efforts.

Lawmaker Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable".

Umlazi in the south recorded the second highest number of reported rape cases in the country - at 252.

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US President Donald Trump last month ignited a firestorm of debate when he claimed on Twitter that there was a "large-scale killing of farmers" in South Africa - where the government fiercely rejected his accusations.

"The top 30 stations in terms of murder include the Western Cape with 10 stations followed by Gauteng with 9, then KwaZulu-Natal with 6 and the Eastern Cape with 5".

KwaZulu-Natal is the most risky province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred within KZN borders.

Sitole also revealed that there was a "deficit" of 62 000 SA Police Service (SAPS) members.

"Our police need better training, equipment and resources". One needs to probe if the police's detection rate is really having an impact and actually preventing crimes, such as robbery‚ or whether the cops are simply focusing more on crimes they can easily prevent. There were 4 099 Attempted Murder cases opened.

"However, we welcome the fresh approach of the new top leadership of the police to recognise and tackle this problem".

Specifically common robberies, carjackings, theft out of motor vehicles and business robberies had increased in Pinetown by 14.9, 50, 23 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively.

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