57 murders a day in South Africa!

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The minister has described the figures as those of a war zone.

This means that on average, every day eight women and at least two children are murdered.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?".

The committee yesterday received the annual crime statistics and there is a marked upward trajectory in the murder rate. The murder rate is up by nearly seven per cent, with 57 murders (on average) a day being reported in the country.

The murder rate has increased by 6.9 percent. The murder rate is 35.2 per 100 000, which is six times higher than the United States. Philippi East in the Western Cape had 205 murders. Of the murders, 85 were of police officers while 62 were farm murders. Kagiso had 101 murders, Hillbrow 98, Moroka and Tembisa 97 each, while Joburg Central recorded 91 killings.

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KwaZulu-Natal reported 4 382 murders (an increase from 4 014 the previous year) and the Eastern Cape increased to 3 815 from 3 628 the previous year.

"The ANC government has repeatedly failed women of this country".

The detailed report points out the main ways to commit these crimes were firearms, knives, stones, bottles, machetes and axes.

"Crime fighting remains one of the ANC's top priorities".

In another shocking revelation‚ Cele said the South African Police Service had substantially reduced the number of its personnel. "Efforts and creative interventions must be intensified and consolidated to escalate our battle against crime", Mthembu said.

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Most murder cases were linked to gang-related violence, mob justice, robberies as well as bus and taxi violence.

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

Gun Free SA chairperson Ronald Menoe said violent crime had not been this high since late 1990 when the number of guns in South Africa peaked.

The Red Berets called on government to assume the responsibility for the hike.

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