20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister

'The police dropped the ball' – Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

An eagle eye's view of the murder statistics shows that 20 336 murders were reported during the period under review, which represents a 6.9% increase overall when compared to the previous year.

According to the state, 207 more rapes were reported than the previous year, with a total of 40 035 rapes reported.

He said the political "destabilisation" of the past 10 years and changed police commissioners led to structural weakness. Two-hundred-and-ninety-four girls and 691 boys were murdered. Jeppe (42% increase), Moroko (94% increase) and Mariannhill (50% increase) are other stations struggling to keep crime down. This trend has continued over the years to over 20 000 being killed this year. Sexual offences are up.

18 233 reported attempted murders were reported over the past year.

KwaZulu-Natal is the most unsafe province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred withing KZN borders. "One police officer is now looking at nearly double that".

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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. There were 137 cases in 2015/16, 152 cases in 2016/17 and 238 in 2017/18, said Sekhukhune. In three incidents, hands were used.

"I want to put it here that we should ask what should be done".

Cele, who was speaking to the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament on Tuesday morning, said that the police had "dropped the ball" and that these shocking levels of crime should not be reported ever again by the department.

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