According to the Institute of Racial Relations (IRV), crime statistics look like a low-intensity civil war and SA is still losing the fight against crime.
The people of the country are living under an impending cloud of anarchy every day. The Institute shows that murders have risen to 21,000 over the past year and SA is being compared to a country like Syria. The rape figure looks even worse with two rapes for each murder committed. Since apartheid was abolished, 1,000,000 people have been raped and 500,000 killed.
Commercial crime increased by 14%. More than 83,000 cases have been reported to the police. The offenses include fraud, corruption, money laundering, forgery and cyber crimes. Robberies have exceeded the 140,000 notch while truck hijackings show more than 1,180 reported cases.
South Africa’s murder rate has increased by 5,8 percent compared with the previous year.
The South African Police Service’s Major General Norman Sekhukhune briefed Parliament.
While contact crime (crimes committed against a person) have generally decreased, murder, sexual crimes and attempted murder have all seen increases.
Seven of the 10 stations with the highest number of reported murders are in Cape Town. Nyanga, Philippi East, Delft, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Gugulethu and Mfuleni are the stations on the list.
Nyanga leads in murder cases with 308 murders reported in the area, up from 281 in the year before.
The Western Cape recorded 808 gang-related murders, followed by the Eastern Cape with 87.
Umlazi takes the second spot with 223 murders (up from 187 the previous year) and Philippi East is third with 205.
Gauteng has the most taxi-related murders as well as mob violence murders, followed by Western Cape and KZN.
National Police Commissioner Khehla Sithole responded to the disappointing crime statistics by saying: “We dropped the ball. We are 62,000 members short.