Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Farm murders in SA - 62 deaths recorded

Farm murders in SA - 62 deaths recorded

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

Even Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted that the country's murder rate was "scary" and compared it to a war-zone.

'South Africans must not take it as a norm that they can be hijacked, robbed and killed every day.

The release of the annual crime statistics in parliament on Tuesday painted a grim picture in the fight against crime for the men and women in blue in the province.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

US President Donald Trump last month ignited a firestorm of debate when he claimed on Twitter that there was a "large-scale killing of farmers" in South Africa - where the government fiercely rejected his accusations.

The deadliest place in KwaZulu-Natal is Umlazi, where the murder rate increase by 19.3 per cent.

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The rest of the stations in the Western Cape where the most murder cases were reported include Phillipi East (205), Delft (195), Khayelitsha (192), Kraaifontein (186), Gugulethu (182), Mfuleni (157), Harare (142) and Mitchells Plain (140).

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

"Our police need better training, equipment and resources". In Dundee, 17 murders were reported over the period (2017/2018 financial year) an increase of two cases.

"Violent crime is indeed a clear and present danger to all South Africans", Beukman said.

The question is, he said: "How do we collectively pick up the ball, change the game plan and re-position the police?"

Specifically common robberies, carjackings, theft out of motor vehicles and business robberies had increased in Pinetown by 14.9, 50, 23 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively.

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