'The police dropped the ball' - Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

'The police dropped the ball' - Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

'The police dropped the ball' - Cele on 'war zone' crime stats

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. 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. "So I'm not really surprised", de Haas said.

Cele admitted that the figures revealed that the police had "dropped the ball" in their crime-fighting efforts.

Police committee chair Francois Beukman, who was shocked by this revelation, said that the figure was "unacceptable". The murder rate of boys increased by 20.4 per cent while the murder of girls increased by 10.9 per cent.

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.

"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.

Sitole also revealed that there was a "deficit" of 62 000 SA Police Service (SAPS) members.

Yet in Umlazi, in KwaZulu-Natal, there was an even more sobering increase in murders reported, up by 19.3 % from 187 to 223 murders. Murder increased by 6.9% while attempted murder increased by only 0.2%.

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.

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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