56 people killed a day in 'war zone' South Africa

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

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

Fortunately, incidents of murder and attempted murder decreased by 50 and 8.8 per cent in the Mariannhill community.

THE crime statistics for the 2017/2018 financial year painted a bleak picture for South Africa. The annual statistics were presented by the Ministry of Police in Parliament today.

The increase of 6.9% year on year from the last financial year point to the ineffectiveness of interventions implemented by the South African Police Service (SAPS). At least 20 336 murders were recorded nationally.

KwaZulu-Natal reported 4 382 murders (an increase from 4 014 the previous year) and the Eastern Cape increased to 3 815 from 3 628 the previous year.

"The figures that always scare me are murder figures", Cele continued.

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The province with the highest number of murders was Western Cape, which includes Cape Town - the country's top tourist hub - followed by Gauteng, the seat of the capital Pretoria and the economic hub of Johannesburg. In context, though, there were only three reported bank robberies in 2017, compared to 13 in 2018.

The increase in the number of cases of violence against women and children has been described as a crisis.

That's how South Africans are murdered.

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.

During Tuesday's briefing, Sekhukhune said that most incidents of cash-in-transit crimes occured between 8am and midday on Mondays and Saturdays in business areas, spaza shops and malls. Members of the portfolio committee asked him whether or not criminals had taken on a "culture of impunity" on the basis that politicians were seen to be getting away with crime.

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

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