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

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A total of 20 336 people were murdered in South Africa during this period.

As part of its presentation, the SAPS revealed the 30 worst precincts for murder, with the Western Cape having the most stations recorded - however, Gauteng was not far behind.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele briefs the media following the presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police on the 2017/2018 crime statistics. It is also the second deadliest place in the country.

"We are concerned with the one of the biggest increases in murder since the advent of democracy in 1994", Gareth Newman, director for crime and justice programme at the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies (ISS) told AFP. Nyangna in Western Cape took the top spot.

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Incidents of rape and attempted murder also rose.

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"My directive as we are starting the festive season is to kick off with a serious and violent crimes specialised unit to respond to both murders, taxi violence and gang-related crimes", Sithole said.

The stats also revealed that more boys than girls are being murdered in the country.

According to the last figures for the 2016/2017 period, murder had increased by 1.8 percent while sexual offences and the number of reported rape cases had both decreased by over 4 percent. Over 36 000 cases were reported across the province.

In KwaZulu-Natal CIT heists had increased by an alarming 20 per cent.

Carjackings, house robberies and business robberies, which had all increased during the last financial year had only slightly decreased by 2.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively in SA.

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