South Africa records 20,336 murders in 12-months

South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele,
said 20,336 murders were recorded in the
country from 2017 to 2018 period saying
“South Africa is close to being a war zone”.
Presenting the statistics, Cele said: “never
again can we come here to give such
statistics. It cannot be that South Africans are
put under such fear, such stress and such
murder”. He said murders of women and
children had also increased.
Cele also said rape was up 0.5 per cent, with
40,035 recorded instances compared to 39,828
in 2017. South Africa is known internationally
for its violent crime, but annual statistics are
often disputed, especially rape figures.
19,016 murders were recorded between April
2016 to March 2017.

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