Minister Bheki Cele on the spotlight over crime statistics release

Larry Hoffman
September 15, 2018

Minister Cele told Parliament that there are 57 South Africans killed each and every day. "It borders close to the war zone while there is a peace, there is no war in South Africa".

Cele and senior South African Police Service (SAPS) officials have released the latest crime statistics in Parliament, which show murder is up by 6.9% from previous year.

Despite the huge jump in the country's murder rate, South Africa's Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, said that a "state of lawlessness" has not been reached and insisted that it won't go that way.

Taking into consideration of Minister Cele's words, it remains to be seen whether he will be a proud man when he leads a delegation to release the annual crime statistics, first to Parliament and then to the country.

THE crime statistics for the 2017/2018 financial year painted a bleak picture for South Africa.

A further breakdown of the data showed that murders of women and children have also increased, accounting for just under 20% of all murders.

"I immediately say the South African Police Services dropped the ball for such figures to happen".

The rise in murder rate was partly down to gang violence and lethal turf wars over the control of lucrative taxi mini-bus routes that transport many poorer South Africans to work.

The murder of women increased by 11 per cent with 2 930 murders compared to 2 639 in 2016/2017.

Sekhukhune said that seven of the 10 police stations that report the highest number of murder cases are found in the Western Cape. It is high time that the Saps management urgently implement the National Development Plan recommendation on the National Police Board, as well as re-introduce specialised units trained to deal with specific crime.

Cash-in-transit robberies have increased by 56.6 percent since the previous reporting period. Crime stats in this financial year are nothing to write home about.

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