South Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the portfolio committee on police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics on 11 September 2018

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the portfolio committee on police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics on 11 September 2018

It borders close to the war zone while there is a peace, there is no war in South Africa, ' Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters.

"Violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South Africans", Beukman said.

The SAPS will release this year's crime figures on Tuesday morning.

Some of the main reasons behind the increase in murders included taxi violence‚ gang-related violence and mob justice‚ Sekhukhune said.

Reports of cash-in-transit heists were also on an upward trend: 238 such cases were recorded in the current financial year up from 152 in 2016-2017.

South Africa has recorded an increase in the number of reported serious crimes including murder‚ attempted murder and sexual offences. "Especially the murder of women and children‚" Zinn said.

Police stations in the Western Cape continue to be burdened with the most murder investigations in South Africa.

He said that the police could not work alone in trying to fight crime.

The statistics included details that there were 62 "farm murders" in the previous year - a racially sensitive issue in South Africa, where some white farmers say they face a wave of deadly attacks trying to force them off their land. Members of the portfolio committee asked him whether or not criminals had taken on a "culture of impunity" on the basis that politicians were seen to be getting away with crime.

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

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