Farm murders in SA - 62 deaths recorded

12 September, 2018, 16:32 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Minister of Police Bheki Cele

This is according to the annual crime statistics, which were presented to Members of Parliament on Tuesday.

Murders of women spiked by 11% with 2930 murders reported in 2017-2018 compared with 2639 in the previous period.

But Cele says funds have been released to ensure police colleges can take in more recruits to bolster the South African Police Service's ranks.

There were eight each in Mpumalanga and Free State, seven in KwaZulu-Natal, and three each in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

The South African Police Service has released the latest crime stats for 2017/18, revealing an unsettling increase in the number of murders taking place in South Africa over the previous year. The statistic puts Nyanga at the top of the list nationwide.

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Several factors contributed to the increase, these include mob justice, revenge attacks, taxi violence, illegal mining, hostel killings, and gang violence.

Asked about the discrepancies in heists‚ and questions by criminologists over the figures of certain crimes‚ police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo‚ said their data is accurate and is based on what was reported to parliament's portfolio committee on police.

In Gauteng, Jeppe police station topped the list in the province with 125 murders, followed by Ivory Park (108), Kagiso (101), Hilbrow (98), Moroka and Thembisa (97), Orange Farm (95), Johannesburg Central (91) and Alexandra (90).

Over 138 300 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported.

While other provinces recorded a decrease in contact crimes, Gauteng had 170 640 cases reported, while the Western Cape saw 112 996 cases being recorded.

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