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

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A screengrab of Police Minister Bheki Cele releasing the 2018 crime stats on 11 September 2018.

In the a year ago, 291 more women were killed than in 2017 - 117 more boys and 29 more girls.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said. "The other four have gone down that is assault GBH, assault common robbery, and robbery with aggravating circumstances and the overall broad category of contact crimes have decreased by 1.1%", said Sekhukhune.

According to the SAPS, there were 20,336 murders in South Africa between April 2017 and March 2018, showing a 7% increase from the previous year.

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

Provincially, Gauteng remained the crime capital of South Africa, with 478 659 serious crimes reported in 2017-2018.

South Africa is known internationally for its violent crime, but annual statistics are often disputed, especially rape figures.

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

Attacks on cash-transporting security vehicles rose sharply by 56.6 per cent to 238 cases.

Cele went on to a question-and-answer session after the figures were presented. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled.

"Our police need better training, equipment and resources".

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