Police Minister Bheki Cele on Tuesday said he was putting the heads of the SAPS management team on the block, following dismal crime stats showing another upward trend in the murder rate in South Africa.
It is not only the discrepancies in heists that are being questioned‚ but also the SAPS's crime detection figures‚ crimes the public reports‚ murders and attempted murders‚ which‚ says the University of SA (Unisa) criminologist Rudolph Zinn‚ needs to be probed.
Newsmen also reported that 19,016 murders were recorded between April 2016 to March 2017.
"South Africans shouldn't live in fear as a norm, or take it as a norm that 57 people die every day through guns and knives".
Police records show that murder rates have increased in the past six consecutive years. "Perhaps that is part of dropping the ball‚ but now we meet regularly‚" Cele told a news briefing after revealing that in 2017-2018‚ 20‚336 murders were recorded‚ 1‚320 more than in the previous financial year. It borders close to the war zone.
'The figures that always scare me are murder figures, ' he said.
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The number of women and children who were murdered in 2017/2018 has increased by 291 and 146 respectively from the previous year.
Sexual offenses still remained alarming high - with 50 108 reported cases, which meant there had been an increased of 0.9 per cent.
The spate of cash-in-transit heists are reflected in the stats (although, it hasn't caught all of them) with an increase of 56.6%, up from 152 in 2017 to 238 in 2018.
He said that the police could not work alone in trying to fight crime. The South African government has officially begun the process of "redistributing" white farmers' land to poor blacks to allegedly right past racial injustices.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Minister Cele says he does not have enough information to say which other departments have dropped the ball in dealing with crime.
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