This is South Africa’s murder capital

FILE The scene of a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg

It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace.

Gauteng was the highest contributing province in farm murders followed by the North West and Limpopo, according to the 2017/18 crime statistics released in parliament today.

The 2017/2018 figures - to be announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele - will tell us more about the state of crime in the country and whether we are winning the fight against criminality or not.

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News24 previously reported South Africa's murder rate has increased by 6.9% and in the past year, 1 320 people were murdered.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", he said. Mr Cele admitted that a corrupt government and police service "was a big problem"...

Lawmaker Francois Beukman, who heads the police oversight committee in parliament, described the numbers as "alarming and totally unacceptable". The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increase by 10.9 per cent.

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Police also revealed that they recorded at least 18,233 cases of attempted murder.

The Eastern Cape and Western Cape ranked much lower.

"My directive as we are starting the festive season is to kick off with a serious and violent crimes specialised unit to respond to both murders, taxi violence and gang-related crimes", Sithole said. One needs to probe if the police's detection rate is really having an impact and actually preventing crimes, such as robbery‚ or whether the cops are simply focusing more on crimes they can easily prevent. In Dundee, 17 murders were reported over the period (2017/2018 financial year) an increase of two cases. It was found that firearms and vehicles were robbed in 14 cases.

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