Bheki Cele

Cele says if Mzansi controls the murder rate, then there will be no joy brought to the South African people. Police minister Bheki Cele has released the 2017/2018 annual crime statistics in Parliament.

“It looks like 57 are dying a day. It borders close to a war zone. I immediately see SAPS dropped the ball for such figures to happen,” Cele says. He added that the figures are alarming considering that there is no war in South Africa.

Cele, he has had a talk with the SAPS members that never again will they be reporting on such crime such statistics.“ It cannot be that South Africans are put under such fear, such stress and such murder,” Cele said.

Bheki Cele

Going through the stats, head of police crime research and statistics, Major General Norman Sekhukhune SAPS recorded 2 096 781 counts of serious crimes that were reported. According to Sekhukhune majority of serious crimes were reported by communities, which were (79.3%).

He said that murder, attempted murder and s.e.xual offences all increased in the last financial year by 6.9%. Sekhukhune says with the robbery of cash-in-transit vans, the highest point was in 2008/9, and the lowest point was reached in 2014/15, but “unfortunately, since 2014/15 there were three consecutive years whereby this crime has been increasing.

“Cash-in-transit heists have increased in the last three financial years. 137 cases (2015/16), 152 cases (16/17) and 238 (17/18). Bank robberies and truck hijackings also increased in the last year,” Sekhukhune said.

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Source: Daily Sun

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