A closer look at 2017/18 crime stats across SA

Murders of Women and Children 2017/2018

South Africa's already high murder rate has increased by about seven per cent, prompting the country's police minister to compare the situation to a 'war zone'. "It can not be that South Africans are placed under such fear and stress", he said. "This needs to be probed because we do not know if people are becoming more successful when using lethal force or if there is a problem with the crime statistics".

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

Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town.

"The increases were significant, with a 132% increase in crimes detected through police action for these categories over the past 10 financial years with the number of detected crimes rising from 186‚988 for these specific categories to 433‚966", said Zinn. The statistic puts Nyanga at the top of the list nationwide.

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The rise in murder rate was partly down to gang violence and lethal turf wars over the control of lucrative taxi mini-bus routes that transport many poorer South Africans to work. The annual statistics were presented by the Ministry of Police in Parliament today.

Eastern Cape had five police stations - Mthatha (160), Bethelsdorp (127), KwaZakhele (104), Lusikisiki (97) and Ngqeleni (90). Each province recorded three farm attacks.

The North West province recorded the second-highest number of attacks‚ resulting in nine deaths. "The other four have gone down that is assault GBH, assault common robbery, and robbery with aggravating circumstances and the overall broad category of contact crimes have decreased by 1.1%", said Sekhukhune.

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