The South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele has disclosed that 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period, about 57 a day, as police admitted they were struggling to keep control. adding: “South Africa is close to being a war zone.”
According to sources, A total of 20,336 people were killed in the 12 months to March this year, up from 19,016 the previous year.
“Fifty-seven a day, that’s how South Africans are murdered. It borders close to the war zone while there is a peace, there is no war in South Africa,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters.
“The figures that always scare me are murder figures,” he said.
“South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day. We have to pick up the ball and change the situation for the better.”
He also said rape was up 0.5 per cent, with 40,035 recorded instances compared to 39,828 in 2017. South Africa is known internationally for its violent crime, but annual statistics are often disputed, especially rape figures.