The police minister, Bheki Cele, says the high murder rate "borders close to the war zone - while there is peace and there is no war".
South African police also contributed to the killings?
Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town.
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South Africa is known internationally for its violent crime, but annual statistics are often disputed, especially rape figures. "Firearms drive lots of other crime‚ including robberies and of course murders and attempted murders".
Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable". Yet in Umlazi, in KwaZulu-Natal, there was an even more sobering increase in murders reported, up by 19.3 % from 187 to 223 murders.
Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018.
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The opposition went on to highlight how the ANC spends an average of R9.1-million to protect one VIP but only R1 500 per South African resident, and how this "reveals that their skewed priorities are crippling the fight against the unacceptably high levels of crime in the country". This had dropped by 4.9% from the previous period.
Areas of South Africa have become a "war zone", the police minister admitted yesterday, with rampant gangs fuelling the biggest increase in the national murder rate since the end of apartheid. For 2017-2018, cash-in-transit heists rose by 50%. Cele dismissed this, and said that this notion needed to be dismantled.
"We must therefore implement alternative policing measures where sexual assault cases are concerned".
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