South Africa's murder rate up almost 7 per cent, police say

Minister of Police Bheki Cele

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Out of 237 taxi-related murders, Gauteng was the highest contributor with 110, followed by the Western Cape with 45 and the Eastern Cape with 39. "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". 3,915 women and children were murdered, in total.

Politicians across party lines have expressed dissatisfaction with the almost seven percent increase in murders in South Africa.

South African police often come under fire for failing to bring down crime levels, while police chiefs saying they need at least 62,000 more officers.

Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town. The statistic puts Nyanga at the top of the list nationwide.

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KwaZulu-Natal is the most risky province for women and children, as 20 per cent of the murders occurred within KZN borders.

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 terms of rape cases reported, figures showed a three per cent hike in the province with incidents going from 7 032 in the previous reporting period to 7 243 in this reporting period - a 211 increase.

The North West province recorded the second-highest number of attacks‚ resulting in nine deaths.

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

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